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DRINK DRIVING LAWYERS GOLD COAST

Drink driving (DUI) on the Gold Coast is one of the most common traffic offences causing people go to Gold Coast Magistrates Courts. People from all walks of life are charged with drink driving. Gold Coast Magistrates Courts treat drink driving seriously, and this is reflected in the penalties. In some situations, a drink driving charge can cause a person to be sent to prison. In some circumstances, the law says the Court must send a person to jail.

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WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH A DRINK DRIVING OFFENCE ON THE GOLD COAST?

 

If you are charged with a drink driving offence on the Gold Coast you need a Gold Coast drink driving lawyer. Friends or family may tell you a lawyer will not make any difference, but they are wrong. Being without a driver licence on the Gold Coast for a long time is difficult. You need your car to get around. If you are convicted of a drink driving offence, the Court will disqualify you from holding a driver licence for some time. The Gold Coast Magistrate hearing your case gets to decide on the penalty and disqualification they give you. There is no set penalty or disqualification period the Magistrate must impose. You need someone in your corner arguing for you to achieve you the best result.

 

HOW CAN OUR GOLD COAST DRINK DRIVING LAWYERS HELP YOU?

 

  1. We will liaise with the Gold Coast Police Prosecutions on your behalf to get all the relevant material for your charge.
  1. We will provide you expert advice regarding your charge, including the likely penalty and disqualification period.
  1. We will give you a fixed, all-inclusive fee to appear in the Southport or Coolangatta Magistrates Court for you.
  1. You will get a seasoned drink driving lawyer representing you. The Gold Coast drink driving lawyer standing by your side in Court and speaking for you is an experienced advocate. They are confident, and know what to say in Court to achieve you the best outcome.

 

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP REDUCE YOUR PENALTY AND DRIVER LICENCE DISQUALIFICATION?

 

When facing a drink driving charge on the Gold Coast, there are a couple of things you should consider doing:

  • Getting character references from persons who know you well and can speak of your good general character. CLICK HERE for more information about writing a character reference, and an example.

 

  • Complete a Traffic Offender Program. Completing a traffic offender program demonstrates to the court you are taking the charge seriously. The completion of the program also demonstrates rehabilitation, which is very important to the Court. There are a few options for traffic offender programs, and these are:

 

  1. The Queensland Traffic Offender’s Program (QTOP).  
  2. Road Sense Australia’s Traffic Offender Program. 
  3. SAVE – Traffic Offender Intervention Program. 

WHAT ARE THE ALCOHOL LIMITS ON THE GOLD COAST?

1. No Alcohol Limit- This means the concentration of alcohol in your blood or breath is over zero.

2. General Alcohol Limit-This means the concentration of alcohol in your blood or breath is equal to or over 0.05.

3. Middle Alcohol Limit-This means the concentration of alcohol in your blood or breath is equal to, or over 0.10.

4. High Alcohol Limit-This means the concentration of alcohol in your blood or breath is equal to, or over 0.15.

PENALTIES AND LICENCE DISQUALIFICATION PERIODS ON THE GOLD COAST

The penalty and driver licence disqualification period will depend on: 

1. What type of licence you held at the time of the offence.

2. The concentration of alcohol in your blood or breath.

3. If you have been convicted of drink driving in the past.

4. The factual circumstances in which you were driving.

5. If you took part in an interview with police.

6. If you co-operated with the police.

7. If you plead guilty or if you go to trial and are found guilty by the Court.

 

Over 0.00% BAC, but not over 0.05% BAC if certain type of driver

Maximum penalty for first time offender-14 penalty units ($1,929.90) or 3 months imprisonment.

Mandatory disqualification period for first time offender-3 to 9 months from the date of conviction.

 

At or Over 0.05% BAC, but not over 0.10% BAC

Maximum penalty for first time offender-14 penalty units ($1,929.90) or 3 months imprisonment.

Mandatory disqualification period for first time offender- 1 to 9 months from the date of conviction.

 

At or Over 0.10% BAC, but not over 0.15% BAC

Maximum penalty for first time offender-20 penalty units ($2,757.00) or 6 months imprisonment.

Mandatory disqualification period for first time offender- 3 to 12 months from the date of conviction.

 

At or Over 0.15% BAC

Maximum penalty for first time offender- 28 penalty units ($3,859.80) or 9 months imprisonment.

Mandatory disqualification period for first time offender- 6 months from the date of conviction.

PLEASE NOTE in certain circumstances the maximum penalties and disqualification periods will increase.

 

ARE THERE ANY DEFENCES TO A DRINK DRIVING CHARGE?

Yes, in some circumstances you may have a defence. The most common defences are: 

1. Your breath, saliva or blood specimen was taken by police over three hours after you had driven, been in charge or attempted to put in motion the vehicle.

2. You were not driving the vehicle.

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

4. You were not in charge of a vehicle at the time of the offence.

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