Local Courts in NSW deal with many different types of matters. Drink driving or PCA (prescribed concentration of alcohol) offences are some of the most common but some of the most misunderstood by people.
Unfortunately, most people still think in terms of "no more than 2 standard drinks in the first hour and 1 standard drink each hour after that." That formula does NOT apply to everyone. Different body shapes, metabolism rates, heights and weight all play a role in the breakdown of the concentration of alcohol in your system. Magistrates tell defendants regularly that the formula is not foolproof and even if you followed it, if you're over the legal limit, you should be charged and convicted of the offence.
Many times, those charges and the conviction, leads to the loss of a driver's licence which for many people can have devastating consequences such as losing your job, being unable to bring or pick up the kids from school, unable to take family members to the doctor even just to go shopping.
We understand the law regarding penalties for drink driving, which can be severe and impact your life significantly. If you have been charged with any drink driving or other traffic offence seek legal advice from our lawyers immediately. Telephone (02) 9744 9236 or email us on DUI@lawgroup.com.au
Low Range PCA
is the offence of a person driving a motor vehicle on a public road with a blood alcohol concentration from 0.05 to 0.079.
The Court is required to consider whether or not it is your first or second major offence within the last 5 years. Depending on your driving history, the following penalties are available to the Court:
|First Major offence within 5 years||Second Major offence within 5 years|
|Maximum Fine||$1,100.00||Maximum Fine||$2,200.00|
|Minimum Disqualification Period||3 months||Minimum Disqualification Period||6 months|
|Automatic Disqualification Period||6 months||Automatic Disqualification Period||12 months|
|Maximum Prison Sentence||N/A||Maximum Prison Sentence||N/A|
The Court is also able to consider a wide range of other options when sentencing people charged with this offence. These options include but are not limited to:
• A recording of no conviction pursuant to section 10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedures) Act; or
• A good behaviour bond.
Lighthouse Law Group lawyers prepare for each case as if it was one of our own, knowing how important it is to keep your driver's license. Let us make the right submissions on your behalf.
Telephone us on 9744 9236 for a quick phone consultation about your matter.