Drink Driving QLD
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Those that take the chance and drive while under the influence potentially risk getting caught and facing a drink driving charge. Sometimes the gravity of the situation only sinks in after the fact, once it’s too late. If you find yourself in this predicament, it’s a good idea to seek legal advice. A legal representative can help to alleviate the stress by guiding you through the court process and assisting you to obtain a work licence, if needed. They work in your best interests and will endeavour to lessen the severity of your charge.
Drink driving offences are considered serious here in Queensland and our panel of skilled drink driving lawyers can offer expert advice based on your circumstances. Drink driving charges can have detrimental repercussions on your ability to maintain employment and travel internationally. Having an experienced lawyer on your side can help protect your future.
With more than 24 years of experience helping people stay on the road, we know what it takes to get a Work Licence or Special Hardship Order granted. Many rely on having a licence to get to and from work and to complete essential commitments. Don’t risk losing your licence, or worse cop a harsh penalty such as a jail term by representing yourself. No two drink driving charges are the same and our experienced drink driving lawyers can advise you of the best approach given your situation. Get in contact today to discuss your options.
Drink Driving Charges QLD
Queensland takes a strong stance on drink driving charges and unlike some other states, it is the law that part of the punishment includes a disqualification period regardless of how much losing your licence will affect your livelihood or day to day life. Over the years the Queensland Government has ramped up drink driving awareness and the courts have zero tolerance for this charge. Drink Driving Lawyers are one of South East Queensland’s leading law firms and in our time we have had over 1,500 work licences granted. The charges for drink driving vary depending on your blood alcohol level at the time of the offence. Generally, the higher your reading the harsher the punishment. Drink driving charges are categorised into 3 various charges, including:
- Low range drink driving charge which is 0.05% or above
- Middle range drink driving charge which is 0.10% or above
- High range drink driving charge 0.15% or above
Drink Driving Penalties QLD
There is a range of penalties for drink driving charges, one of them is a disqualification period. How long you are prohibited from driving will depend on many factors, some include:
- If you’re a repeat offender or not
- If you held a valid open licence when the offence was committed
- The alcohol level obtained from breath/blood analysis at the time of the offence
- If you were committing other criminal acts at the time, such as driving whilst suspended or on a Learner or Provisional Licence
- If you cooperated with the police
- If anyone was injured as a result
- If you plead guilty from the get-go
- The circumstances leading up to the offence
Other penalties can include:
- Probation order
- Jail term
The severity of your charge will determine how costly your fine is and whether you will face being charged with more penalties. An experienced drink driving lawyer can help get the best result given your situation.
High Range Drink Driving Charge QLD
High range drink driving is the most serious drink driving charge and carries the harshest penalties. High range is considered a reading of 0.15% and over. The minimum disqualification period is 6 months and the maximum penalty in Queensland is a 9-month jail term for first-time offenders. Subsequent offenders face harsher penalties.
Mid-Range Drink Driving Charge QLD
Mid-range drink driving is an alcohol level between high range and low range. Someone who has been charged with this offence has been found with a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of over 0.10% but under 0.15%. The charge carries a maximum of 6-month imprisonment for first-time offenders. Repeat offenders can expect to have an Alcohol Ignition Interlock device installed in their nominated car for 12 months until they get their licence back.
Low Range Drink Driving Charge QLD
A low range drink charge is driving whilst over the general alcohol limit of 0.05% yet under the mid-range driving level of 0.10%. The maximum penalty for a first-time offender is 3 months jail with the minimum punishment being a fine and disqualification period. Serial low range drink driving offenders will receive more significant penalties for their actions.
Drink Driving Laws QLD
Queensland law states that those with Learner, Probationary and Provisional licences must have a zero blood/breath level while driving.
- Those with valid Open Licences including motorcycles and supervisors of L plate drivers must have a BAC lower than 0.05.
- A zero BAC applies for the following:
- Public passenger vehicles such as taxi and limousines
- Tow trucks, escort vehicles and pilots
- Vehicles with loads of dangerous goods
- A bus that can transport over 12 passengers including the driver
- Vehicles with an articulated motor
- Vehicles weighing more than 4.5 tonnes
- Those that hold a class RE licence (in their first year)
- Driver trainers of specially constructed vehicles
If you need some professional legal advice regarding a drink driving charge, get in touch with our team of senior drink driving lawyers here at Drink Driving Lawyers today for your free consultation.
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