Guilty But Not Guilty: What Are You Pleading Guilty to and Why It Matters

If you are caught drink driving in Queensland , you will more than likely receive a notice to appear in the Magistrates Court.

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What Are The Legal Alcohol Limits?

In Queensland, there are 4 alcohol limits. The level of penalty you are subject to receive will be initially based on how much alcohol was in your system at the time of the offence, which is measured by your breath alcohol concentration (BAC). The four limits are:

Being Charged With Drink Driving

The severity of your penalty, as mentioned above, will depend on your blood alcohol consumption level at the time of your offence, as well as your previous driving history (e.g., if you have been charged with a drink driving offence in the past) and other factors.

Maximum Penalties For A First Drink Driving Offence

All drink driving offences are punishable by a maximum penalty of imprisonment along with mandatory licence disqualification periods. Imprisonment, as well as the length of time your licence may be disqualified will be dependent on your BAC reading, and a number of other factors including your traffic history and circumstances of offending. As the level of BAC increases, the disqualification you may receive also increases. In some cases however you may be eligible to apply for a work licence.

Call us now for a consultation to discuss your likely penalty, disqualification periods, and prospects for a work licence.

Do You Lose Your Licence Straight Away?

This depends. First-time offenders will lose their licence for 24 hours after their BAC test if their reading is below 0.10. However, an immediate suspension may also be imposed depending on your circumstances, including but not limited to:

Have you been caught drink driving and need advice or representation? Get in touch with Mansia Bovey and Company Lawyers today on 07 4035 8300.