DRINK driving

If you’ve been charged with drink driving (DUI) on the Gold Coast, Rawlings Criminal Law will help you get the best possible outcome. Don’t risk losing your licence or having to pay hefty fines.

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If the police pull you over or find you in a car and think you may be under the influence of alcohol they can require you to:

  • Give your name and address
  • Show your driver’s licence
  • Take a road side breath test (this test must be done within two hours of you being in charge Take a breath test at a police station
  • of the vehicle)
  • Have a doctor take blood from you for testing

 

It is an offence if you:

  • Don’t give your name and address
  • Refuse to provide a breath test (called failing to provide a breath specimen)
  • Refuse to allow a blood test

 

Queensland has a nil tolerance approach to those convicted of drink driving. Drivers who are found to be ‘over the limit’ will be disqualified from holding a licence.  While the Court has no discretion (choice) as to whether to disqualify a drink driver, the length of the disqualification will depend on numerous different factors.

First time offenders will normally attract a disqualification and a fine.  For second and further offences, both the length of the disqualification and any additional punishment will increase up to and including imprisonment.  In fact, once a person is convicted 3 times in 5 years (with readings above 0.15), the legislation provides that part of the punishment must include a period of time in jail.

 

In some limited circumstances there may be a defence to a charge of drink driving.

 

Examples of this are:

  • Mistaken identity
  • Not “in control” of vehicle
  • Serious procedural mistakes
  • Involuntary intoxication
  • Compulsion/Duress
  • Extraordinary emergency

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If you are looking for a lawyer who will provide you with personal attention and formidable representation, then Rawlings Criminal Law is here for you.

 

Book your initial free consultation and let’s get your problem sorted.