What is Low Range PCA?
If you have been charged with Low Range PCA, the police are alleging that you were driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05 to below 0.08. This is at the lower end of the drink driving spectrum. However, all drink-driving offences are considered to be serious, and you still face significant penalties.
What are the penalties for Low Range PCA?
If you are found guilty of Low Range PCA, you may have a criminal conviction recorded against you. This can affect your life in a number of ways, including your employment and your ability to travel to certain countries.
However, in some cases, there is a way to avoid a conviction being recorded. Nyman Gibson Miralis can assist you in seeking leniency under section 10, providing tips on the best possible character reference and further advice relevant to your circumstances.
Penalties for this offence include:
|First major offence within 5 years|
|Minimum disqualification||3 months|
|Maximum disqualification||6 months|
|Automatic disqualification (in the absence of a specific court order)||6 months|
|Second major offence within 5 years|
|Minimum disqualification under Interlock||1 month|
|Maximum disqualification under Interlock||3 months|
|Interlock period||12 months|
Although it doesn’t happen very often, in certain circumstances the court may grant you an exemption to the Interlock program for a second offence, which means the disqualification period increases.
How severe is the charge against you?
Low Range PCA is taken seriously by the court, because of the risk of injury to members of the public that drink driving poses. The disqualification periods and fines are harsh, and can cause significant problems in your daily life.
Traffic Offender Intervention Program
This is a course which you can choose to sign up for. During the course, you will learn about traffic rules, why it is important to keep them and the potential consequences of failing to do so. After completion of the course, a certificate will be provided to the court, which may be taken into account in your sentencing.
If you have been found guilty of your second drink driving offence within five years, participation in the Interlock program is mandatory. Under the program, a device fitted to your vehicle will prevent your vehicle from starting if you blow over zero.
What happens next?
It is crucial that you obtain legal advice promptly once you have been charged with Low Range PCA.
We can outline the likely penalties, and advise you on the steps to take immediately after you are charged, which can assist in establishing potential defences.