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There are severe penalties for drink driving offences in Australia

Road accidents are one of the most unfortunate causes of trauma and deaths in Australia. Every year, on-road mishaps claim thousands of lives. And in majority of cases, drivers had been found to have blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in excess of the legal limit of 0.05. In some situations, it has been reported that the maximum blood alcohol ratio reaches to as much as 3 times to that of the permitted level.

There are severe penalties for drink driving case in Australia that varies from state to state, while Australian police are authorized to stop drivers for breath test their BAC at any time.

If proven, the convict is entitled to pay a huge sum of fine, face jail time as well as disqualification (from driving) for a considerable period of time, depending on the severity of the case. It is therefore, a very serious offence that should not be taken lightly. Consistently involving in drink driving cases reflects your social irresponsibility and carelessness, so Australian Court has made very strict laws to tackle with all such situations.

With the advent of new technology for measurement, knowledge and rise in death toll during the last decade, raising the minimum BAC limit has become a question of debate in Australia in recent years. It is worth mentioning that Australia tops the world with the highest cases of road accidents every year.

The common misconception among people is that drink driving offenses can never be successfully defended when there are individual circumstances which, if proven, can help you successfully defend your case.

You have to make sure that if you are ever involved in a DUI offence, you are accompanied by an experienced drink driving lawyer because the way court deals with your case largely depends on the way it is presented in front of the Magistrate. Lawyers ensure that your case is handled properly under the law, for example, they can obtain ‘Section 10’ for you that asks the court to avoid any conviction (hence the criminal record), penalty and permission to keep hold of your driver’s license.

So, don’t take drink driving offenses casually, it is prudent to conatct our drink driving lawyers to help you out, when required.

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.

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