Drink Driving

Drink driving – will I lose my licence?


If you are found guilty of drink driving the Court must, in almost all cases, cancel your licence for a minimum period of time. The minimum disqualification period that the Court must order depends on the blood alcohol concentration recorded and whether you have previously been found guilty of a drink driving offence.

The minimum disqualification periods for drink driving offences are set out below. Expert representation can help ensure that any licence loss does not exceed the mandatory minimum period.

In addition to licence loss, drink driving offences attract significant financial penalties. If you have prior convictions for drink driving you may also be at risk of imprisonment.

For these reasons it is important to take drink driving charges seriously and engage an expert criminal lawyer at the earliest opportunity. Our lawyers are experienced in drink drying matters. You can reach us on 1300 616 183  or click here to send us a message.

Minimum disqualification periods

If your BAC is 0.05 – less than 0.08  the Court must cancel your licence and disqualify you from being re-licenced for at least 6 months for a first offence or 6-14 months for a subsequent offence depending on your age and licence status.

If your BAC is 0.08 – less than 0.09  the Court must cancel your licence and disqualify you from being re-licenced for at least 6 months for a first offence or 16 months for a subsequent offence.

If your BAC is 0.09 – less than 0.10  the Court must cancel your licence and disqualify you from being re-licenced for at least 6 months for a first offence or 18 months for a subsequent offence.

If your BAC is 0.10 – less than 0.11  the Court must cancel your licence and disqualify you from being re-licenced for at least 10 months for a first offence or 20 months for a subsequent offence.

If your BAC is 0.11 – less than 0.12  the Court must cancel your licence and disqualify you from being re-licenced for at least 11 months for a first offence or 22 months for a subsequent offence.

If your BAC is 0.12 – less than 0.13  the Court must cancel your licence and disqualify you from being re-licenced for at least 12 months for a first offence or 24 months for a subsequent offence.

If your BAC is 0.13 – less than 0.14  the Court must cancel your licence and disqualify you from being re-licenced for at least 13 months for a first offence or 26 months for a subsequent offence.

If your BAC is 0.14 – less than 0.15  the Court must cancel your licence and disqualify you from being re-licenced for at least 14 months for a first offence or 28 months for a subsequent offence.

If your BAC is 0.15 – less than 0.16  the Court must cancel your licence and disqualify you from being re-licenced for at least 15 months for a first offence or 30 months for a subsequent offence.

If your BAC is 0.16 – less than 0.17  the Court must cancel your licence and disqualify you from being re-licenced for at least 16 months for a first offence or 32 months for a subsequent offence.

If your BAC is 0.17 – less than 0.18  the Court must cancel your licence and disqualify you from being re-licenced for at least 17 months for a first offence or 34 months for a subsequent offence.

If your BAC is 0.18 – less than 0.19  the Court must cancel your licence and disqualify you from being re-licenced for at least 18 months for a first offence or 36 months for a subsequent offence.

If your BAC is 0.19 – less than 0.20  the Court must cancel your licence and disqualify you from being re-licenced for at least 19 months for a first offence or 38 months for a subsequent offence.

If your BAC is 0.20 – less than 0.21  the Court must cancel your licence and disqualify you from being re-licenced for at least 20 months for a first offence or 40 months for a subsequent offence.

If your BAC is 0.21 – less than 0.22  the Court must cancel your licence and disqualify you from being re-licenced for at least 21 months for a first offence or 42 months for a subsequent offence.

If your BAC is 0.22 – less than 0.23  the Court must cancel your licence and disqualify you from being re-licenced for at least 22 months for a first offence or 44 months for a subsequent offence.

If your BAC is 0.23 – less than 0.24  the Court must cancel your licence and disqualify you from being re-licenced for at least 23 months for a first offence or 46 months for a subsequent offence.

If your BAC is 0.24 or more  the Court must cancel your licence and disqualify you from being re-licenced for at least 24 months for a first offence or 48 months for a subsequent offence.

Driving under the influence (DUI)


If your blood alcohol reading was very high or police believe that the alcohol in your system significantly affected your driving you may be charged with driving whilst under the influence. This is a more serious offence than mere drink driving.

If you are found guilty of driving under the influence the court must cancel your licence for a minimum of two years for a first offence.

If you have one or more prior convictions for drink or drug driving the court must cancel your licence for a minimum of four years.

 

Refusing a breath test


If you are found guilty of refusing to stop for or undergo a breath test the court must cancel your licence for a minimum of two years for a first offence.

If you have one or more prior convictions for drink or drug driving the court must cancel your licence for a minimum of four years.

  

Can I apply for a work licence?


No. In Victoria it is not possible to apply for a work licence. If your licence is suspended or cancelled you may not drive under any circumstances.