Every state in Australia prohibits driving a car, truck, motorbike, boat or any other vehicle if you’ve consumed too much alcohol or any drugs.
Drink Driving Penalties NSW
There are certain drink driving cases where a disqualification period is not the greatest concern – particularly in New South Wales with cases of high range drink driving.
Unlike Queensland, NSW has what is called a ‘Guideline Judgment’ in place, stating that imprisonment should not be considered unavailable for even first offences of high range drink and driving. So, when faced with those types of matters Mark Savic Legal can rely on a thorough understanding of these cases and their application to demonstrate why prison is not right for the client.
Only an experienced practitioner in New South Wales law would know that they do not have work licences in that State and that the only way to retain your driver licence is to encourage a court to either dismiss the charge or place you on a bond. Once again, the only way such a result can be obtained is to place your matter in the hands of someone who understands those laws and deals with them on a daily basis.
Drink Driving in Queensland – What’s the Penalty?
Obviously, the real concern for anyone facing a DUI or drug driving charge in QLD is the length of disqualification they face. Actually, all sorts of things impact on the court’s starting point: the level of intoxicant found in the driver’s blood, the type of driving exhibited, the distance over which the vehicle was being driven, the nature and extent of the driver’s traffic history, etc.
Some drink and driving lawyers simply accept all of this as being proven without testing it.
But at Mark Savic Legal, decades of experience means identifying flaws in these matters.
For example, if a driver’s traffic history contains a drink-driving entry on it within the last five years, the potential disqualification period jumps significantly. However, if the police do not treat that traffic history in accordance with the law prior to the sentence, a careful advocate can ask the court to effectively disregard it. That single act can save a driver many months of disqualification. It is something Mark Savic Legal considers in every drink or drug driving matter.
Drink Driving Charges Defence
In other cases, clients simply cannot afford to lose their driver’s licence at all. That means every effort must be made to find any possible defence open to them. Unlike other firms, Mark Savic Legal has many years of experience in successfully raising all sorts of technical defences.
In some cases that may involve a very careful calculation of the time that elapsed between the act of driving and the request made of the driver to provide a specimen of breath or blood. Or, in other matters, it could involve demonstrating that the officer who operated the breath analysis device was the same as that which initially required the driver to provide a specimen of breath. These types of unusual investigations can reveal errors that afford drivers a defence to a drink or drug driving charge.
Of course, we also prepare and provides all of the common drink driving services such as
- Work licence applications
- Removal of disqualification periods
- Lifting of suspensions
Knowledge and experience are the only tools to use when so much is at stake. If you’ve been charged with a drink driving offence in Coffs Harbour, Maclean, Woolgoolga, Grafton, Yamba, Northern NSW, The Gold Coast or Brisbane, contact Mark Savic Legal today.