You deserve the fearless and robust advocacy skills of our team headed by Michael Hume. It doesn’t matter which court your matter is listed in, we can appear for you.

There are always two sides to every story – and the police don’t always get it right. More often than not it requires an experienced solicitor to unearth what can be done for you. For many reasons including employment and family circumstances drivers want to be able to retain their licence.

The procedures the police must adhere to when taking breath or blood specimens are detailed and failure to follow protocol can result in a failed prosecution. The legislation governing drink driving offences is very complex and by obtaining expert legal advice from us at an early stage, you can significantly increase the chances of the charge being dismissed.

It’s vital to consider:

  • Have the Police observed the law?
  • How will the court deal with your matter?
  • Are there grounds to plead Not Guilty?
  • Can your traffic record help you?
  • Can you keep your licence?
  • What are the grounds for leniency?

The penalties vary according to the reading, how you came under police notice and your traffic record.

Why Acclaim Legal?

A drink driving conviction may impact on your current or future employment and travel. Competent legal representation at this crucial time may save you a significant amount of money and avoidable stress. We will give you the advice you need to know to help you through this ordeal. We will protect your interests. We understand how important your licence is to you.

Call us now and speak to one of our friendly team: (02) 9744 0722 to make an appointment to discuss your options. It is best to start now so you are well prepared.

Penalties

First Offence
Alcohol Level Maximum
Fine
Automatic
Disqualification
Minimum
Disqualification
Maximum
Gaol
Novice Range
0.00 – 0.019

$1,100

6 months

3 months

Not applicable

Special Range
0.02 – 0.049

$1,100

6 months

3 months

Not applicable

Low Range
0.05 – 0.079

$1,100

6 months

3 months

Not applicable

Middle Range
0.08 – 0.149

$2,200

12 months

6 months

9 months

High Range
0.15+

$3,300

3 years

12 months

18 months

Second Offence within 5 years
Novice Range
0.00 – 0.019

$2,200

12 months

6 months

Not applicable

Special Range
0.02 – 0.049

$2,200

12 months

6 months

Not applicable

Low Range
0.05 – 0.079

$2,200

12 months

6 months

Not applicable

Mid Range
0.08 – 0.149

$3,300

3 years

12 months

12 months

High Range
0.15+

$5,500

5 years

2 years

2 years