Criminal Offences – Drink Driving Offences

Traffic Law in NSW is a complex and an extensive system of Rules and Regulations. It is not uncommon for an individual charged with an offence under one piece of legislation to be sentenced by a penalty prescribed under different legislation.

We will advise you on how to best prepare your case and the further matters which may assist you to decrease the period of disqualification imposed by a Court including attendance at a Traffic Offenders Program, drafting of character references and explaining the Driver Interlock Program.

A List of Traffic Law Common Offences & Penalties

 A summary of the most common offences and their penalties as at April 2011 are listed below:

OffencePenalty TypeFirst OffenceSecond Offence
Drive with Novice Range PCA 0.00 to less than 0.02 *Maximum Fine$1,100$2,200
Statutory Disqualification6 Months12 Months
Minimum Disqualification3 Months6 Months
Maximum Period of ImprisonmentN/AN/A
Drive with Special Range PCA 0.02 to less than 0.05 *Maximum Fine$1,100$2,200
Statutory Disqualification6 Months12 Months
Minimum Disqualification3 Months3 Months
Minimum Disqualification3 Months3 Months
Drive with Low Range PCA 0.05 to less than 0.08 *Maximum Fine$1,100$2,200
Statutory Disqualification6 Months12 Months
Minimum Disqualification3 Months6 Months
Maximum Period of ImprisonmentN/AN/A
Drive with Mid Range PCA 0.08 to less than 0.15 *Maximum Fine$2,200$3,300
Statutory Disqualification12 Months3 Years
Minimum Disqualification9 Months12 Months
Maximum Period of Imprisonment12 Months12 Months
Drive with High Range PCA 0.15 and above *Maximum Fine$3,300$5,500
Statutory Disqualification3 Years5 Years
Minimum Disqualification12 Months2 Years
Maximum Period of Imprisonment18 Months2 Years
Driving under the Influence*Maximum Fine$2,200$3,300
Statutory Disqualification9 Months3 Years
Minimum Disqualification12 Months12 Months
Maximum Period of Imprisonment9 Months12 Months
Negligent DrivingMaximum Fine$1,100$1,100
Statutory Disqualification0 Months0 Months
Minimum DisqualificationAt the Courts DiscretionAt the Courts Discretion
Maximum Period of ImprisonmentN/AN/A
Negligent Driving Causing Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) *Maximum Fine$2,200$3,300
Statutory Disqualification3 Years5 Years
Minimum Disqualification12 Months2 Years
Maximum Period of Imprisonment9 Months12 Months
Negligent Driving Causing Death*Maximum Fine$3,300$5,500
Statutory Disqualification3 Years5 Years
Minimum Disqualification12 Months2 Years
Maximum Period of Imprisonment18 Months2 Years
Drive in Speed or Manner Dangerous or Reckless or Furious *Maximum Fine$2,200$5,500
Statutory Disqualification3 Years5 Years
Minimum Disqualification12 Months2 Years
Maximum Period of Imprisonment9 Months12 Months
Street RacingMaximum Fine$3,300$3,300
Automatic Disqualification12 Months12 Months
Maximum Period of ImprisonmentN/A9 Months
Drive while cancelled, suspended or disqualifiedMaximum Fine$1,100$2,200
Statutory Disqualification6 Months12 Months
Minimum Disqualification3 Months3 Months
Minimum Disqualification3 Months3 Months
Drive while unlicensedMaximum Fine$2,200$2,200
Statutory Disqualification0 Months0 Months
Minimum DisqualificationAt the Courts DiscretionAt the Courts Discretion
Maximum Period of ImprisonmentN/AN/A
Drive while unlicensed – without holding a license for 5 yearsMaximum Fine$2,200$3,300
Statutory Disqualification0 MonthsN/A
Minimum DisqualificationAt the Courts DiscretionN/A
Automatic Cumulative DisqualificationN/A3 Years
Refuse to provide a Breath TestMaximum Fine$1,100$1,100
Statutory Disqualification0 Months0 Months
Minimum DisqualificationAt the Courts DiscretionAt the Courts Discretion
Maximum Period of ImprisonmentN/AN/A
Refuse to provide a Blood or Urine Analysis *Maximum Fine$3,300$5,500
Statutory Disqualification3 Years5 Years
Minimum Disqualification12 Months2 Years
Maximum Period of Imprisonment18 Months2 Years
Refuse to submit a Blood or Urine Sample*Maximum Fine$3,300$5,500
Statutory Disqualification3 Years3 Years
Minimum Disqualification6 Months6 Months
Maximum Period of Imprisonment18 Months2 Years
Failure to stop and render assistance after an accident *Maximum Fine$3,300$5,500
Statutory Disqualification3 Years5 Years
Minimum Disqualification12 Months2 Years
Maximum Period of Imprisonment18 Months2 Years