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DRINK DRIVING LAWYERS BRISBANE 

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU 

 Free Consultation

We offer a free initial consultation so that you can get some preliminary advice at no cost.

✓ Fixed and Affordable Fee

We offer our clients a fixed price (starting at $900.00 plus GST) to represent them in relation to their drink driving charge. This means we do not charge you for every phone call or meeting. There are no hidden costs, it is a one all-inclusive fee that covers everything so you have certainty as to what it will cost you.

✓ No Judgement

We understand mistakes happen, we do not judge you for being charged with drink driving. Contacting us today is the first step you can take to put this charge behind you. 

✓ Professional Advice

We will review the prosecution material and advise you of any defences that are open to you. We will give you advice about  your options and what penalty and disqualification period you are facing.

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(07) 3172 7100

Drink Driving Lawyers Brisbane

Do you need your licence for work? If yes, you will want to know more about work licences. We have a 100% success rate in getting work licences for our clients. 

Drink driving (DUI) is one of the most common traffic offences that brings people to Court. It is considered very serious by the Courts and this is reflected in the penalties and disqualification periods that are imposed. In some circumstances a conviction for a charge of drink driving can result in a period of imprisonment, and in some circumstances the Court must impose a term of imprisonment.

Have you thought about what will happen if you lose your licence for a long period of time? You may want to ask yourself: – 

♦  How would you get to work? 

♦  How would you run your business? 

♦  How would you get your children to school?  

If you are facing a drink driving charge you need to get legal advice. We have extensive experience with drink driving cases and frequently appear in the Magistrates Court to represent clients with drink driving charges. We can assist you with your case in this complex area of law and achieve the best possible outcome for you.

ASK FOR A FREE CONSULTATION NOW 

If you have been charged with drink driving, call our drink driving lawyers Brisbane team today for a free consultation. We can provide you with preliminary advice regarding potential penalties and disqualification periods and advice on how to achieve the shortest disqualification period possible.

I WANT TO PLEAD GUILTY, DO I REALLY NEED A LAWYER?  

Whether or not you engage a lawyer is ultimately a matter for you. However, for drink driving charges, Magistrates have a discretion when determining what penalty and disqualification period they impose. There is no fixed penalty and disqualification period- there are only ranges of penalties and disqualification periods. You obviously want the minimum penalty and disqualification period possible. Do you think you, or an experienced advocate is going to be best equipped to achieve this?  Having an experienced lawyer representing you can change the outcome.

A lawyer who can properly conduct the sentencing process and make proper submissions to the Court in their client’s favour can make a significant difference to the penalty and the disqualification period a Magistrate imposes.

 

What can happen if you represent yourself: 

♦ Risk of jail.

♦ Risk of higher penalty.  

♦ Risk of lengthy disqualification periods. 

♦ Failure to mention something critical to your case. 

♦ Failure in obtaining a work licence. 

 

Potential Benefits of Us Representing YOU: 

♦ Avoid lengthy periods of disqualification.

♦ Avoid high penalties.

♦ Successful work licence application.

♦ Knowledge about the law and the penalties and disqualification periods that are appropriate. 

♦ Experience and knowledge about the different Magistrates and Courts. 

♦ Ability to explain to the Court and present evidence to support why you need your licence. 

WHAT ARE THE ALCOHOL LIMITS IN QUEENSLAND?

NO ALCOHOL LIMIT- You will be over this limit if the concentration of alcohol in your blood or breath is greater than zero.

GENERAL ALCOHOL LIMIT-  You will be over this limit if the concentration of alcohol in your blood or breath is greater than 0.05 BAC.

MIDDLE ALCOHOL LIMIT- You will be over this limit if the concentration of alcohol in your blood or breath is greater than 0.10 BAC.

HIGH ALCOHOL LIMIT- You will be over this limit if the concentration of alcohol in your blood or breath is greater than 0.15 BAC.

WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES AND DISQUALIFICATION PERIODS FOR DRINK DRIVING CHARGES IN QUEENSLAND?

 

The penalties for drink driving (DUI) charges will depend on a number of factors, including: 

♦ the circumstances of your driving.

♦ your antecedents (age, background etc.).

♦ if you have any prior criminal or traffic history.

♦ the type of driver licence you held at the time of the offence (if any).

♦ your Blood Alcohol Concentration level (BAC) at the time of driving.

♦ the type of vehicle you were driving at the time.

Over the No Alcohol Limit but not over the General Alcohol Limit (0.05 BAC) if particular type of driver or licence

Maximum penalty for first time offender- 

14 penalty units ($1,827.70) or

3 months imprisonment.

Mandatory disqualification period for first time offender- 

3 to 9 months from the date of conviction.

PLEASE NOTE the maximum penalty and disqualification period increases in certain circumstances.

Over the General Alcohol Limit (0.05 BAC), but not over Middle Alcohol Limit (0.10 BAC)

Maximum penalty for first time offender- 

14 penalty units ($1,827.70) or

3 months imprisonment.

Mandatory disqualification period for first time offender-  

1 to 9 months from the date of conviction.

PLEASE NOTE the maximum penalty and disqualification period increases in certain circumstances.

Over the Middle Alcohol Limit (0.10 BAC), but not over High Alcohol Limit (0.15 BAC)

Maximum penalty for first time offender-  

20 penalty units ($2,611.00) or

6 months imprisonment.

Mandatory disqualification period for first time offender-  

3 to 12 months from the date of conviction.

PLEASE NOTE the maximum penalty and disqualification period increases in certain circumstances.

Over the High Alcohol Limit (0.15 BAC)

Maximum penalty for first time offender-

28 penalty units ($3,655.40) or

9 months imprisonment.

Mandatory disqualification period for first time offender-  

6 months from the date of conviction.

PLEASE NOTE the maximum penalty and disqualification period increases in certain circumstances.

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE DEFENCES? 

1.The breath, saliva or blood specimen taken by police to prove the offence was taken more than three hours after you had driven the vehicle, been in charge of the vehicle or attempted to put in motion the vehicle.

2. You were not driving the vehicle.

3. You did not attempt to put the vehicle in motion.

4. You were not in charge of the vehicle.

THE 3 HOUR RULE 

Did you know that you can be asked by a police officer to provide a specimen of breath or saliva even if you are not driving a vehicle or are in charge of a vehicle at the time the officer makes the request?

In Queensland, a police officer can request you to provide a specimen of breath or saliva if they reasonably suspect that in the 3 hours prior to making the request, you:-

♦  Drove a motor vehicle, tram or train on a road or elsewhere; or

♦  Attempted to put in motion a motor vehicle, tram or train on a road or elsewhere; or

♦  Were in charge of a motor vehicle, tram or train on a road or elsewhere; or

♦  Drove or were in charge of, or attempting to put in motion a vessel being used or apparently about to be used in navigation.

 

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