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Drink Driving Offences

How important is your drivers license and how will suspension or cancellation of your license affect your employment, family life, and ability to get from one place to another?

If you have been charged with a DUI or drink driving offence in Perth, engaging an experienced traffic lawyer is strongly advised. A consultation with a knowledgeable solicitor is a good first step in the process of understanding the court process, possible defences and the likely outcome of your matter.

If you have been found driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) in excess of 0.08%, it can lead to a significant period of disqualification of your license particularly where it involves a second or subsequent offence. With prior convictions, the penalties become more severe. Similar situations arise in cases of high range drink driving related offences including DUI or refusing a breath test. In these situations, contacting a traffic lawyer can assist in putting your mind at ease knowing your case is in the right hands.

What are the penalties I could face?

Drink Driving Offences often attract tough penalties including mandatory cancellation or suspension of driver’s license, heavy fines and, depending on the severity of the case, imprisonment. Many clients that have come to Andrew Williams have misjudged their alcohol consumption and their level of intoxication before driving. They are often law abiding people who have exercised poor decision making and consequently found themselves charged with a drink driving offence. It often creates situations where the client’s reputation is at risk which requires the protection of an experienced traffic lawyer in Perth.

The following information comes from the Western Australia Police website, and gives an approximate look at the type of penalties you could expect to face if caught drink driving:

Penalties for first offences:

BAC (g/100ml)

Infringement

Max. Court Penalty

Demerit Points

= 0.05 but less than 0.06 $400 $500 3
= 0.06 but less than 0.07 $400 $500 4
= 0.07 but less than 0.08 $400 $500 5

Penalties for second or subsequent offences:

BAC (g/100ml)

Second
offence

Subsequent
offence

= 0.05 but less than 0.07 Min
Max
Disq
$500
$1000
6 months
$500
$1000
8 months
= 0.07 but less than 0.08 Min
Max
Disq
$600
$1000
8 months
$600
$1000
10 months

Penalties for higher Blood Alcohol Content (BAC):

BAC (g/100ml)

First
Offence

Second
Offence

Subsequent
Offence

= 0.08 but less than 0.09 Min
Max
Disq
$500
$1500
6 months
$600
$1500
8 months
$600
$1500
10 months
= 0.09 but less than 0.11 Min
Max
Disq
$550
$1500
7 months
$900
$1500
10 months
$900
$1500
13 months
= 0.11 but less than 0.13 Min
Max
Disq
$650
$1500
8 months
$1200
$2000
14 months
$1200
$2000
17 months
= 0.13 but less than 0.15 Min
Max
Disq
$750
$1500
9 months
$1600
$2500
18 months
$1600
$3000
30 months
= 0.15 Min
Max
Disq
$900
$2500
10 months
$2100
$3500*
30 months
$2100
$5000**
Life

* Option to max fine for second offence is 9 months imprisonment
** Option to fine for third and subsequent offences in 18 months imprisonment

What should I do now?

Our traffic lawyers are based in Perth and understand that being charged with a criminal offence can be an emotional and overwhelming experience. We provide direct and open communication, sound advice and high level advocacy and representation in all Western Australian courts. Andrew Williams Lawyers explore every possible avenue to ensure that each client is presented a staunch and comprehensive defence.

The Principal, Andrew Williams, represents clients in all courts for criminal and traffic related charges. As an experienced traffic and driving offence lawyer, Andrew is passionate and determined in attaining the best possible outcome for his clients charged with a DUI offence. He is a phone call away and will provide sensible, easy to understand legal advice as well as committed and determined representation on all traffic and driving offence matters. Contact Andrew today to discuss your traffic matter.

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