High range PCA penalties in NSW
If it is your first major offence in a five year period, there is an automatic 3 year driving disqualification, fines up to $3300, and the potential for a prison sentence of up to 18 months for high range PCA. There is allowance for the disqualification period to be reduced to 1 year, however, a good case must usually be put forward for this to be exercised. For second and subsequent offences, the penalties are greater.
There are a number of factors the court can consider when deciding penalties for drink driving offences in all ranges, from character references and driving history, to the circumstances of the offence. For some there will be the option of participating in a program such as the Traffic Offender Intervention Program, or the relatively new Interlock Program. Participation in the Interlock Program will be mandatory in some cases, but it can result in being allowed to drive again much soon, with the Interlock device, as part of the disqualification period is replaced by the period of time in the Interlock Program.
How can a traffic offence lawyer help?
As the repercussions for high range drink driving convictions can apply to an extensive period of time, it’s important to do what you can to minimise those consequences. Ideally, speak to a drink driving lawyer as soon as possible after you are charged. Sometimes there is cause to challenge the readings or evidence that you were in charge of the vehicle. And even when there is little that can be challenged, having the right legal representation can provide you the best possible opportunity to present your case in a way that may minimise the sentence you are given. Your lawyer will also be able to advise you on your eligibility for participation in programs that might be beneficial.
Do what you can, as early as you can
Whether you’re a person who would be able to manage any disqualification period well enough, or a busy parent or tradesperson who would find it exceptionally difficult, when it comes to high range PCA it’s likely to be well worth seeking the advice of experienced traffic offence lawyers. The right information and a good defence lawyer in court could make a substantial difference when it comes to the penalties applied.
If you need advice from a criminal defence lawyer, contact one of our criminal law specialists immediately at either our Sydney or our Parramatta offices. We have particular experience in all types of criminal proceedings. Call 1300 668 484 or fill in our contact form and arrange a free conference with a solicitor today.