Willie Mason faced a charge of mid-range drink driving after being apprehended on Australia Day while on his way to training, and asked to undertake a breath test. He has since pleaded guilty to the offence.
His breath test reading was 0.09%, which lead to his charge and the suspension of his P2 licence which at the time he could not produce. On Thursday, he did not have to attend Newcastle Local Court as he was travelling to a trial match with the team to Tamworth. Consequently, his lawyer acted on his behalf and entered a guilty plea.
Mason told police that on Australia Day he had drunk 20 drinks that contained alcohol, including gin and tonic, within a period of 11 hours.
In NSW all traffic offences, and particularly those that are related to alcohol consumption, are treated seriously. If you have pleaded guilty to drinking while driving you will be penalised in some way or other. To ensure that the facts surrounding your case are fairly represented, you should seek competent legal advice as soon as possible.
An experienced drink driving lawyer knows the tricks that are often played by the prosecution when in the courtroom and can make sure that you are treated fairly. In the case of Willie Mason his lawyer will ensure that he is treated fairly when he faces court and does not get penalised with the highest possible punishment for a mid range offence.
A mid range PCA (prescribed concentration of alcohol) offence is committed by a driver who operates a motor vehicle on a public highway with a blood alcohol concentration which ranges from 0.08% to 0.149%. From this offence you will get a criminal conviction and the maximum penalty for a 1st offender is a 9 month prison sentence, 20 penalty units for a fine and 12 months automatic licence disqualification. If you are a repeat offender then you could be sent to prison for 12 months and your license could be suspended for 3 years as well as receiving 30 penalty units.
Friends may laugh and joke if one of their mates gets pulled over for drink driving and they think that it is only a trivial event. It is not considered trivial in NSW and even a first offender, if found guilty, will have a criminal conviction recorded against his or her name.
A fine is a likely outcome plus licence disqualification. For those convicted of mid and high range offenders, a spell in prison could be a distinct possibility, depending on the individual circumstances when the incident took place.
Many people plead guilty when stopped for drinking while driving, thinking this is their only choice. In some situations breath test readings are not always accurate and being charged with a high range drinking offence, rather than a mid range one, can make a significant difference to driver disqualification periods, fines and even a prison term.
You have a right to have your charge disputed by an experienced drink driving solicitor who will not only check the breath test results but will examine any other circumstances surrounding your arrest and subsequent charge.
Disclaimer : This article is just a summary of the subject matter being discussed and should not be regarded as a comprehensive legal advice for you to defend yourself alone. If you are charged with criminal offences, it is recommended that you seek legal assistance from criminal lawyers.