In Victoria, it is illegal to drive a motor vehicle if you have a Blood Alcohol Level – or BAC – that exceeds 0.05 percent. These levels are further reduced if you hold a learners permit, a provision license – P-plates – or if you have other conditions on your license. In these cases you are not allowed to have any alcohol in your system.
If you have broken these conditions and you drive, or attempt to drive, you can be charged with drink driving offences.
Drink driving legislation is important to help protect our road users but they can also greatly restrict and inconvenience an offender. If you are facing drink driving penalties and would like some advice, our DUI lawyers can help you.
Legislation in Victoria
As expert criminal lawyers in Melbourne, we can help you to understand the different penalties that you might face. The penalties you face for drink driving will differ, depending on a number of factors including:
• The exact nature of your offence
• Your age and licence type
• Your BAC level when tested
• Previous offences of a similar nature
Those caught driving under the influence of alcohol in Victoria face a range of penalties – from heavy fines to a loss of demerit points and drivers license. Mandatory alcohol interlocks could also be fitted to your car, and in the most serious circumstances you could face imprisonment.
Contesting Drink Driving Charges
If you are interested in contesting your charges, our expert criminal lawyers can advise you on your best move. While legislation often limits your options, there are still steps you can take.
You are still entitled to examine the evidence and even contest your charges. With the team at Robert Wood and Associates by your side, you can be sure that you have the best chance of success.
How We Can Help
In Victoria, the nature of the law means there has to be precision in procedure. We can examine the circumstances of your charges, looking at things like:
• When your breath test was performed
• What steps were followed in the testing procedure
• If any steps were overlooked
As well as this, communicating your side of the story through a lawyer gives you the best chance of a more favourable outcome. Even if you are not looking to contest your charges, our representation and advice can ensure a fairer outcome for you.
Visit our team at our Boronia offices or call us on 9762 3877 to speak to an expert.