Have you been arrested for drink driving in Queensland?
Consult our expert drink-driving lawyers and avoid lengthy license suspension or disqualification periods.
DUI stands for ‘Driving under Influence’. It means that if you’re arrested for a DUI, your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) levels at the
time the police pulled you over exceeded the legal limit. In Queensland, the legal BAC limit when operating an automobile is 0.05 for
drivers with an open license. If you hold a learner or provisional license, you risk getting a DUI charge if your BAC exceeds 0.00. Apart
from exceeding the legal breathalyser reading, they can also get a DUI charge if they resist offering a breath sample.
When you’re caught drink driving, you will be summoned to the closest Magistrates Court to where you committed the offence, where you’re
likely to face a license suspension or disqualification. A magistrate will decide the length of your suspension or disqualification also,
whether you will pay a fine or spend time in prison.The severity of your penalty will depend on your breath alcohol concentration at the
time of the offence and previous traffic history. While you face trial, our experienced drink driving attorneys will help you apply for an
s79E license. It’s a temporary permit granting you legal permission to keep driving until your DUI charge trial ends.
DUI Penalties in Queensland In Queensland, you may face different types of penalties when you’re arrested for drink-driving. These include:
If you get pulled over for drink driving, the police have the authority to issue a 24-hour license suspension. Whether you committed a low
range offence or a high range drink driving, this penalty is automatic as your case goes to court.
For first-time offenders, you’ll get a maximum license suspension for not more than a year. Besides, you’ll also need to pay a fine not exceeding $3187.80. You may also face prison time, depending on your severity of drunkenness when driving.
Repeat offenders suffer heftier penalties. If you’ve had a previous drink driving offence in the last five years, you face penalties in this category. Apart from a two-year license suspension, you may pay fines of up to $6600.
|Range||Blood Alcohol Reading (BAC)||Disqualification Period|
|Low||0.05 and 0.1||1-9 months|
|Mid||0.1 and 0.15||3-12 months|
|High||Over 0.15||6 months or longer|
If you require your licence for work you may be able to apply for a drink
driving work licence.
Our experienced drink-driving attorneys in Brisbane will do everything possible to ensure you avoid high penalties and license suspensions. Possible defences for a drink driving charge include:
Driving is essential for facilitating your daily movement, but a glass one too much of alcohol can deprive you of this freedom. This is
where Koolik and Associates Lawyers come in. Our experienced drink driving attorneys can help you get your license suspension dismissed so
you can get your driving privileges back. We can also leverage our legal expertise to lower your fines or prison sentence. If you were
charged in a court far from home, we can help you transfer closer to home.
Caught because of a serious DUI charge? Facing some serious penalties?
Let Koolik and Associates Lawyers help you convince the courts to give a minimum penalty.