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Drink Driving (PCA)

Drink Driving Legalities in Sydney: Expertise from Invictus Legal


Drink driving, a serious offence in Sydney, is defined as operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the legal limit. Governed by stringent laws, it not only endangers lives but also leads to severe legal repercussions. Understanding its nature and consequences is crucial for awareness and legal compliance.

Ensure a protected legal journey with Invictus Legal. Call us at 0410 600 230 today for expert advice and representation in your drunk driving case.

Comprehensive Coverage of Drink Driving Offences by Invictus Legal in Sydney


Invictus Legal specialises in a range of drunk driving offences, each with specific blood alcohol concentration (PCA) thresholds. These include:

  • Novice Range: PCA of 0.001 to 0.019, targeting extremely low BAC levels.

  • Special Range: PCA of 0.02 to 0.049, focusing on minor yet punishable BAC levels.

  • Low Range: PCA of 0.05 to 0.079, capturing the lower threshold of standard legal limits.

  • Mid Range: PCA of 0.08 to 0.149, addressing significantly impaired driving ability.

  • High Range: PCA of 0.150 and above, dealing with severely impaired drivers.

Penalties for First-Time Drink Driving Offenders


For first-time offenders, penalties vary based on the PCA level:

  • Novice, Special, Low Range: Up to $2,200 fine, with an automatic disqualification period of 6 months (minimum 3 months).

  • Mid Range: Up to $2,200 fine, 9 months maximum imprisonment, a disqualification period of 3-6 months, and a mandatory 12-month interlock period.

  • High Range: Up to $3,300 fine, 18 months maximum imprisonment, a disqualification period of 9-12 months, and a mandatory 24-month interlock period.

Consequences for Repeat Drink Driving Offenders After 5 Years

Repeat offenders of drunk driving in Sydney face more severe penalties, emphasising the seriousness with which the law treats recurrent breaches of road safety. These penalties are designed not only as punitive measures but also as deterrents to prevent future offences. They vary depending on the range of the offence:

  • Financial Penalties: Fines escalate with repeat offences. Offenders can face fines up to $3,300 for all ranges, while those caught in the High Range may incur fines up to $5,500.

  • Licence Disqualification: Licence disqualification periods increase for repeat offences. These range from 1-3 months for all levels, ensuring offenders are kept off the roads for a significant period.

  • Mandatory Interlock Program: This program requires the installation of an alcohol interlock device in the offender's vehicle. The duration varies from 12 months to 4 years, depending on the offence range and frequency.

  • Imprisonment: In the most severe cases, such as High Range offences, repeat offenders can face imprisonment of up to 2 years, reflecting the high risk they pose to public safety.

  • Long-term Consequences: Beyond immediate penalties, repeat offences can lead to long-term impacts on personal, professional, and social aspects of an individual’s life.

Understanding Court Sentencing for Drink Driving Offences

Court sentencing for drunk driving offences in Sydney is a complex process, influenced by various factors that determine the severity of the penalty. These factors include but are not limited to:

  • Degree of Intoxication: The higher the blood alcohol concentration, the more severe the sentence, particularly in High Range PCA cases.

  • Driving Behaviour: The nature of driving at the time of the offence (e.g., erratic, reckless, or competitive driving) is critically assessed.

  • Journey Length: Longer journeys while intoxicated carry a higher risk and, consequently, may attract harsher penalties.

  • Risk to Passengers and Others: Consideration is given to the number of passengers and their safety, as well as the risk posed to other road users.

  • Guideline Judgement Application: The court follows a set of guidelines to ensure consistency in sentencing, particularly for serious offences like High Range PCA.

  • Potential for Leniency: Invictus Legal’s expertise lies in arguing for leniency where possible. This includes advocating for a Section 10 dismissal, which, if granted, means no conviction is recorded despite a finding of guilt.

  • Consideration of Personal Circumstances: The court takes into account personal factors such as the offender’s age, character, criminal record, health, mental condition, the trivial nature of the offence, and any extenuating circumstances.

Opting for Invictus Legal in Drink Driving Cases: The Advantages

Selecting Invictus Legal offers numerous benefits:

  • Expert Legal Representation: Specialised knowledge of Sydney's drink-driving laws ensures robust defence strategies.

  • Personalised Attention: Every case is treated with unique care, tailoring approaches to individual circumstances.

  • Proven Track Record: A history of successful outcomes for clients in similar cases.

  • Client-Centric Approach: Dedicated to understanding and effectively addressing client needs.

  • Comprehensive Support: From initial consultation to courtroom representation, we offer end-to-end support.




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