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    Driving Under the Influence Charges(DUI)

    If you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI), it is essential to contact our DUI defence lawyers. 

    We work with you to understand the circumstances of the offence and inform you of the options and consequences of a DUI charge.

    What is the difference between drink driving and DUI?

    The main difference between a drink driving and a DUI charge is the substances in your system. 

    Drink driving relates explicitly to the Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol (PCA) in your system. For example, to be charged with mid-range PCA, a driver is found to have a blood alcohol concentration above 0.08 and less than 0.15. 

    A DUI charge differs in that the police do not need to establish your blood alcohol concentration. A DUI charge is for any substance that causes impairment while operating a motor vehicle, including illicit drugs and prescription medication.  As such, the police generally rely on other factors such as your demeanour or manner of diving. The police may also order you to undergo blood and urine tests if they reasonably suspect that any substance impairs you. 

    What are the penalties for driving under the influence (DUI)?

    In NSW, the Court will consider if the DUI charge is your first or subsequent offence, and the penalties will vary accordingly. 

    If you are charged with a DUI for the first time, the maximum penalties are as follows;

    • $3,300 Court fine
    • 18 months imprisonment 
    • Unlimited disqualification at the Court’s discretion 

    If the DUI charge is your second or subsequent offence, the following maximum penalties apply;

    • $5,500 Court fine
    • 2-year imprisonment 
    • Unlimited disqualification at the Court’s discretion

    You may also be subject to an Alcohol Interlock Order, which requires you to attach a breath-testing device to your vehicle. 

    What are my options when charged with DUI?

    Subject to your circumstances, you may choose either to:

    • Plead guilty – Admit to driving under the influence (DUI)
    • Plead not guilty – Deny you drove under the influence (DUI)

    If you decide to plead not guilty, our experienced DUI defence lawyers will vehemently protect your rights so that you get the best possible outcome.  

    Our DUI lawyers are highly experienced in driving charges and will provide you with the right advice to make sense of the court processes for DUI charges. 

    Call our DUI lawyers today on (02) 8084 9929 to book a consultation.

    If your matter is urgent, call (02) 8084 9929 today to arrange a free initial consultation.


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