Lawyers for Drink Driving Offences in Adelaide

How we can help:

As soon as you have been pulled over for any drink driving offence in Adelaide, it is important that you call us, drink driving lawyers with the expertise you need. There is a process, subject to certain criteria, to have your car released from the impound yard early. The ultimate saving can be up to $900. It is possible to defend these types of charges and possible to have your immediate loss of licence lifted should you wish to do so. Our licences are very important to us and as such it is important to get sound advice from criminal and traffic law experts.

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Definition:

There are different categories of 'drink driving' offences that are defined in section 47A of the Road Traffic Act 1961 based on your blood alcohol level:

  • Category 1 is for offences between 0.05 and 0.08
  • Category 2 is for offences between 0.08 and 0.15
  • Category 3 is for offences over 0.15

Penalties:

In the ordinary course your car is impounded for 28 days for any drink driving type offence. For the privilege of having your car impounded the Courts/Impound Yards charge you exorbitant fees over and above the already significant fine.

Category 1 offences (blood alcohol between 0.05 and 0.08)

For a first category 1 offence you will receive an expiation notice with no mandatory disqualification, however, a 2nd offence will attract at least the following:

  • 6-month license disqualification
  • a fine of $1100
  • court costs
  • victims of crime levy
  • prosecution fees.

Category 2 offences (blood alcohol between 0.08 and 0.15) – instant loss of licence 6 months

When it is alleged you have committed a category 2 offence:

  • you will be issued with an immediate 6-month disqualification
  • you will receive a summons to attend court
  • At court the minimum penalties for a first category 2 offence are:
  • 6-month license disqualification
  • a fine of $900
  • court costs
  • victims of crime levy
  • prosecution fees.

It is important that you contact us to ensure our drink driving lawyers in Adelaide help you get the minimum penalty.

Category 3 offences (blood alcohol over 0.15) – instant loss of licence 12 months

When you are alleged to have committed a Category 3 drink driving offence:

  • you will be served with an immediate loss of license for a period of 12 months and receive a summons to court

At Court the minimum penalty you can receive is:

  • 12 month license disqualification
  • a fine of $1100
  • impound fees
  • court costs
  • victims of crime levy
  • prosecution costs