DRINK DRIVING LAWYERS BRISBANE 

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU 

 Free Consultation

We offer a free first consultation so you can get preliminary advice about your drink driving charge at no cost.

✓ Fixed and Affordable Fee

We offer our clients a fixed and affordable price to represent them for 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 so you have certainty what it will cost you.

Experienced advocate representing you in Court

The drink driving lawyer who will be the person standing up in Court and speaking for you is a senior lawyer and an experienced advocate.

✓ Professional Advice

You will get expert and professional advice from one of our drink driving lawyers. They will look at the material from the prosecution and tell you if you have any defences. They will give you tips on what you can do to help lower the penalty and disqualification period.

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Phone 1800 529 000

Drink Driving Lawyers Brisbane

Do you need your licence for work?

If yes, you need us to help you get a Work Licence. Our lawyers have successfully obtained a Work Licence for each client we have applied for one. We have a 100% success rate. 

Drink driving (DUI) is a common traffic offence causing people to attend Court. The Courts treat the charges seriously. There are situations where a conviction for a drink driving charge can cause a person to be sent to a term of imprisonment. In certain situations, the Court must impose a term of imprisonment.

 

Have you thought about what will happen if you lose your licence for a long period? Ask yourself: 

♦  How will you get to work? 

♦  How will you operate your business? 

♦  How will you get your children to and from school?  

 

ASK FOR A FREE CONSULTATION NOW 

If you have been charged with drink driving and need advice, call our Brisbane drink driving lawyers today. They will give you some idea about penalty and driver licence disqualification. They can also give you guidance on what you can do to achieve the best outcome. 

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

 

When you are charged with a drink driving offence, you need to decide if you will engage a lawyer. You may think a lawyer will not make any difference in the penalty you get. This is not true. When a Magistrate decides on what penalty and disqualification period to give you, they have a discretion. This means they get to decide. There is no set penalty or disqualification period the Magistrate must impose.

Do you think an experienced drink driving lawyer or you will achieve the best outcome?  Do not walk out of court and regret not engaging a lawyer. Place yourself in the best position to achieve the best outcome you can by engaging a drink driving lawyer.

 

When you represent yourself the following can happen: 

♦ 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. 

 

When one of our drink driving lawyers represent you the potential benefits are:  

♦ Avoid a long 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 BRISBANE?

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 BRISBANE?

 

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 ($1,868.30) 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 ($1,868.30) 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 ($2,669.00) 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 ($3,736.60) 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 FOR A DRINK DRIVING CHARGE? 

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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