Drink Driving and the Law

Has your licence already been confiscated?

If the Police confiscate your license when they charge you then you may be able to Appeal against the seizure of your license while your case is being dealt with. If you want to make such an Appeal you have to do so within the first 28 days. It is important therefore that you obtain legal advice quickly.


What can I do?

There are many things that can be done in response to a drink driving charge, but regardless of what response you choose to make you will need to attend Court.  At Coode & Corry we understand that this is a stressful experience and we will explain what is happening in plain language, and in most cases if we are representing you you will not have to speak in Court.

The licence disqualification for drink driving ranges from a potential automatic amount of 6 months for low range to 5 years for high range, and a potential maximum financial penalty of $1,100 for low range through to $5,500 for high range for the first offence.  There is no maximum disqualification period for certain drink driving offences, that is, the Magistrate could in theory disqualify you for life.  The jail time for drink driving ranges from no possible jail time for low range, through to a 2 year maximum for high range.  It is also possible for a court to impose no license disqualification if you meet certain criteria.

If you have been charged by the police or your license has been suspended by the RTA or the police you can take advantage of our free first consultation to find out what are your options. You can make an appointment by telephoning our office during business hours or by using the appointment form on our home page.  We will give you a realistic assessment of your situation, including what your chances are of successfully defending the charge or appealing against the RTA’s decision. We will also tell you what penalties you could face in court and how much your legal costs will be.


Bruce Coode

More Information

If you want some more information about driving cases and the possible penalties then you could have a look at our various articles on this topic by following this link.