What You Need to Know About Drink & Drug Driving Offences
If you have been caught drink or drug driving, you will most likely need to appear in Court. Regardless of this being a traffic offence, it is important for you to take this seriously as it can have an impact on your traffic record & future.
You are deemed to be breaking the law if you drive or are in charge of a vehicle (including cars, motorbikes, jet skis, boats, bicycles, skateboards and golf buggies), any detectable level of drug or over the prescribed level of alcohol relevant to your driver’s license class – despite whether you are driving or not.
In a saliva test, the following drugs can be detected which are classed as a relevant drug:
- THC (in cannabis)
- MDMA (ecstasy)
- Methylamphetamine (ICE)
What Are the Possible Consequences For Drink Driving?
Below are the maximum penalties applicable for a first-time drink driving offence:
|Blood/Breath Alcohol Concentration (BAC)||License Disqualification Period||Maximum Fine||Maximum Term of Imprisonment|
|Over 0.00, but under 0.05 BAC for learners & P1/P2 holders||3 – 9 months||$2,167||3 months|
|0.05 and over, but under 0.10||1 – 9 months||$2,167||3 months|
|0.10 and over, but under 0.15||3 – 12 months||$3,096||6 months|
|0.15 and over||Minimum 6 months||$3,096||9 months|
What Are the Possible Consequences For Drug Driving?
Below are the maximum penalties applicable for a first-time drug driving offence:
|Driving While Drugs Present in System||3 months imprisonment and/or a fine payable|
|Driving Under the Influence of a Drug||18 months imprisonment and/or a fine payable|
What Can PD Law Help With?
- Legal expertise & guidance
- Representation in Court
- Application for a Special Hardship License
- Application for a Work License
If you or someone you know needs assistance with a traffic offence, contact our team today.