Drink Driving Lawyers for Mid Range Drink Driving


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What is Mid Range Drink Driving

Mid Range Drink Driving is where you drive a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration between 0.080 and 0.149.

If the court convicts you of ‘mid range drink driving’, it must disqualify you from driving.

However, if you are ‘guilty’ and the court deals with you under ‘section 10’ (no conviction), you will not be disqualified.

1st Offence

The ‘automatic period of disqualification’ is 12 months if you have not been convicted of another ‘major traffic offence’ within the previous 5 years.

The Magistrate can reduce that disqualification period to a ‘minimum’ of 6 months.

There is a maximum prison sentence of 9 months and/or a fine of up to $2,200.00.

2nd or Subsequent Offence

If it is your 2nd or more ‘major traffic offence’ within 5 years, the ‘automatic period of disqualification’ is 3 years.

The Magistrate can reduce that disqualification period to a ‘minimum’ of 12 months.

There is a maximum prison sentence of up to 12 months and/or a fine of up to $3,300.00.

In either case, the Magistrate can choose to deal with the matter under ‘section 10’ ie without conviction, disqualification or fine.

Sentencing Statistics

The following are official sentencing statistics for Mid Range Drink Driving NSW.

They are published by the Judicial Commission of NSW and current as at October 2011.

Number of Cases  42,638
 Section 10 Dismissal  1%
 Section 10 Bond  14%
 Section 10A (+ disqualification)  0%
 Fine (+ disqualification)  66%
 Section 9 bond ( +disqualification)  13%
 Community Service Order (+ disqualification)  0%
 Suspended Sentence (+ disqualification)  0%
 Periodic Detention (no longer applicable)  0%
 Home Detention (+ disqualification)  0%
 Prison (+ disqualification)  0%

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