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Drink driving is one of the most serious traffic offences. You must respond quickly and with care if you are arrested for drink driving.
Drink driving charges can result in severe penalties
The amount of alcohol you have consumed in Australian states and territories will determine the outcome and maximum penalty you face. This reading is used to determine your breath analysis concentration.
Drink Driving Lawyers – Understanding PCA Charges
Highway Advocates Pty Ltd will explain the severity of the charges when you first contact them. There are several categories of drink driving. These ranges depend on how much alcohol you have in your system. This is called your blood alcohol content (BAC).
If you fail the roadside breath test, your breath will be analyzed at the station. This is how your BAC will be determined. You may face criminal charges if your blood alcohol level is higher than the legal limit for your type of license.
This refers to your blood alcohol level being tested between 0.050 & 0.079. Your licence can be suspended for three months and you will be charged with a low range PCA offense. This offence can be punished with penalty notices on the spot.
If you have a blood alcohol level between 0.08 and 0.149, you will be charged with a middle-range PCA. The maximum penalty for first-time offenders is a $2,200 fine and nine months imprisonment. A disqualification period of up to six months can be imposed with a 12-month interlock.
If your PCA is higher than 0.149, it is considered a serious offence. You could be sentenced to a $3,300 fine and 18 months imprisonment. A license disqualification can last up to nine months, followed by a two-year interlock condition.
Some drivers are prohibited from having alcohol in their system. Even if your BAC falls below 0.050, you could be charged with a crime if you are a learner, provisional, taxi, bus driver, or anyone with special licence conditions.
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No matter where you are located, Highwat Advocates can work for you. We regularly appear in country and regional Courthouses throughout Australia, and we have offices in all major capital cities.