Is drink driving a criminal offence?
No, it’s not. It’s a traffic offence, and any conviction appears on your traffic history only.
Drink and drug driving offences are becoming more and more common, as police frequently intercept vehicles for random or targeted breath and saliva testing. Inevitably, the results are hard to argue against, which then means you must face court to be sentenced for the charge and face the loss of your licence.
Sentencing for drink and drug driving charges
There are a number of factors which are out of your control, such as which court your charge is heard at, or which Magistrate hears your case on the day. But what you can control is who your lawyer is. With our expert advice and submissions, you have the best chance to receive the minimum penalty.
Drink driving lawyers — why you shouldn’t represent yourself
The minimum periods of disqualification are all set in stone and there is nothing the Magistrate or your lawyer can do to reduce them. So why use a lawyer then? Because you aren’t guaranteed to get the minimum. Our job is to ensure that you receive the minimum disqualification, as well as the minimum penalty.
To achieve this, we use our connections with facilitators of road safety programs such as QTOP, as well as forensic psychologists and psychiatrists, and piece them together with personal references and carefully crafted submissions to the court. If you’re concerned about a conviction on your traffic history, such as registered Doctors or Nurses, or if you have plans to travel overseas to countries such as Canada and the UK, then we also address this to ensure that your future is not jeopardised by a mistake.
Why you should choose George Criminal Lawyers
We have over a decade of experience in representing clients charged with drink and drug driving from the lowest end of the scale, right up to some of the highest readings the courts have seen. Our primary goal is to ensure that your licence is disqualified for the shortest possible period, and any punishment is reduced to take into account your personal situation. If you’re a repeat offender and looking at jail time, then we will ensure that simply doesn’t happen to you.
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