If you have been charged with a drug or drink driving offence, our knowledgeable drink driving lawyers based in Sydney can assist you in understanding your options and represent you throughout the legal process.
There was a time when it was, almost, socially acceptable to drink and drive and so there was no legislation to prevent it from happening. However, with the popularity, growth, and the comparative cheapness, of motor vehicles, the volume of traffic has increased along with the incidences of death and injury toll. The result is the legislative prohibition on driving after consuming alcohol or drugs.
Drink Driving Offences in Sydney NSW
By way of history and explanation, the limit was set at 0.05 because academics studying road trauma found, on average, a person was twice as likely to be involved in a motor vehicle collision than a person with a reading of 0.00.
Over time and with further study the offences were modified so that today we have various ranges of consumption that are prescribed and prohibited. With the penalties expanded to include fines, prison sentences and licence disqualification periods.
On 8 September 2004, the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal in Sydney decided to provide a guideline sentencing decision to guide courts in the considerations and factors to be reviewed when sentencing an offender for an offence of driving with the high range prescribed concentration of alcohol in their body. This decision was technically only to provide guidance in high range blood alcohol concentration (BAC) matters and marked a watershed for the courts to provide guidance on all matters in this area. The effect of the decision is that non-conviction findings have become more difficult to achieve for clients.
More recently, the legislature has examined the effect of people taking legal and illegal drugs and then driving a motor vehicle. This regime of offending is in two parts; those who are detected with the substance in their system and, more seriously, those whose reactions are impaired while driving.
It is beyond argument that people who drive while under the influence of alcohol or legal or illegal drugs, present a danger on the roads. The content in this section and in the Serious Traffic Offences section will provide you with guidance in this area and the serious penalties and consequences that can flow from prosecution.
Contact Our Drink Driving Lawyers
If you have been charged with a drink or drug driving offence and you would like assistance to understand your options, consult the experienced drink driving lawyers at J Sutton Associates in Sydney. John Sutton and Andrew Tuedt are NSW Law Society recognised Accredited Specialists in criminal law with decades of experience acting for people in these situations. For personalised advice and service, call us on 02 8080 8055 and organise an obligation free consultation today.