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10 Practical tips for representing yourself in a drink driving charge

This page contains sentencing statistics for the offences of novice range , low range, mid range and high range drink driving. The statistics relate to all offenders sentenced for a drink driving offence in NSW.

The results that the lawyers from Armstrong Legal achieve are normally far better than these state based statistics. For example last year we appeared in 107 Mid range drink driving matters and we were able to obtain orders under section 10 in 29% of these cases. This is a 13% better outcome than the statistics for that period.



1. Low range drink driving statistics

The following charges shows the range of penalties imposed by NSW courts in respect of low range drink driving charges.


Sentencing statistics for low range drink driving - Jul 2006-Jun 2010
s.10 dismissal/bond (11644) 41%
Fine only (16392) 58%
Good behaviour bond/probation (301) 1%
CSO (11) 0%
Length of disqualification for low range drink driving - Jul 2006-Jun 2010
3 months (8577) 53%
6 months (6092) 37%
9 months (628) 4%
12 months (937) 6%
18 months (17) 0%
2 years (21) 0%
3 years (28) 0%

The average fine imposed by NSW courts for a low range drink driving offence is $512.86



2. Mid range drink driving statistics

The following chart shows the range of penalties imposed by NSW courts in respect of mid range drink driving charges: 

Sentencing statistics for mid range drink driving - Jul 2006-Jun 2010
s.10 dismissal/bond (7175) 16%
Fine only (28308) 65%
Good behaviour bond/probation (5611) 13%
CSO (1303) 3%
Suspended sentence (294) 1%
Suspended sentence & probation (343) 1%
Periodic detention (206) 0%
Home detention (65) 0%
Prison (373) 1%

See the definitions of each penalty type at the bottom of this page. 

The following chart shows the length of disqualification periods that were imposed by NSW courts for offenders who were dealt with by way of fine:

Length of disqualification for mid range drink driving - Jul 2006-Jun 2010
3 months (77) 0%
6 months (15307) 54%
9 months (5322) 19%
12 months (6022) 21%
18 months (668) 2%
2 years (453) 2%
3 years (301) 1%
4 years (2) 0%
5 years (5) 0%
>5 years (3) 0%

The average fine imposed by NSW courts for a mid range drink driving offence is $949.64



3. High range drink driving statistics

The following chart shows the range of penalties imposed by NSW courts in respect of high range drink driving charges:

Sentencing statistics for high range drink driving - Jul 2006-Jun 2010
s.10 dismissal/bond (421) 2%
Fine only (6332) 40%
Good behaviour bond/probation (4516) 28%
CSO (1809) 11%
Suspended sentence (604) 4%
Suspended sentence & probation (902) 6%
Periodic detention (346) 2%
Home detention (131) 1%
Prison (822) 5%

See the definitions of each penalty type at the bottom of this page.

The following chart shows the length of disqualification periods that were imposed by NSW courts for offenders who were dealt with by way of fine:


Length of disqualification for high range drink driving - Jul 2006-Jun 2010
3 months (11) 0%
6 months (34) 1%
9 months (17) 0%
12 months (2962) 47%
18 months (1364) 2%
2 years (991) 16%
3 years (844) 13%
4 years (15) 0%
5 years (31) 1%
>5 years (2) 0%

The average fine imposed by NSW courts for a high range drink driving offence is $1,237.70



4. Special range drink driving statistics

The following chart shows the range of penalties imposed by NSW courts in respect of special range drink driving charges:


Sentencing statistics for special range drink driving - Jul 2006-Jun 2010
s.10 dismissal/bond (1204) 26%
Fine only (3654) 72%
Good behaviour bond/probation (86) 2%
CSO (1) 0%

See the definitions of each penalty type at the bottom of this page.

The following chart shows the length of disqualification periods that were imposed by NSW courts for offenders who were dealt with by way of fine: 

Length of disqualification for special range drink driving - Jul 2006-Jun 2010
3 months (1977) 54%
6 months (1383) 38%
9 months (79) 2%
12 months (169) 5%
18 months (2) 0%
2 years (6) 0%
3 years (17) 1%
4 years (0) 0%
5 years (0) 0%
>5 years (1) 0%

The average fine imposed by NSW courts for a special range drink driving offence is $381.04



5. Novice range drink driving statistics

The following chart shows the range of penalties imposed by NSW courts in respect of novice range drink driving charges:

Sentencing statistics for novice range drink driving - Jul 2006-Jun 2010
s.10 dismissal/bond (678) 43%
Fine only (902) 57%
Good behaviour bond/probation (9) 0%
CSO (1) 0%

See the definitions of each penalty type at the bottom of this page.

The following chart shows the length of disqualification periods that were imposed by NSW courts for offenders who were dealt with by way of fine:

Length of disqualification for novice range drink driving - Jul 2006-Jun 2010
3 months (578) 65%
6 months (282) 32%
9 months (15) 2%
12 months (17) 2%
18 months (1) 0%
2 years (0) 0%
3 years (1) 0%

The average fine imposed by NSW courts for a novice range drink driving offence is $335.25



6. Refuse breath analysis following arrest drink driving statistics

The following chart shows the range of penalties imposed by NSW courts in respect of refuse breath analysis following arrest: 

Sentencing statistics for refuse breath analysis following arrest – July 2006-Jun 2010
s.10 dismissal/bond (91) 7%
Fine only (627) 50%
Good behaviour bond/probation (314) 25%
CSO (77) 6%
Suspended sentence (30) 2%
Suspended sentence & probation (43) 3%
Periodic detention (17) 1%
Home detention (3) 0%
Prison (42) 3%

See the definitions of each penalty type at the bottom of this page.

The following chart shows the length of disqualification periods that were imposed by NSW courts for offenders who were dealt with by way of fine:


Length of disqualification for refuse breath analysis following arrest - Jul 2006-Jun 2010
3 months (3) 0%
6 months (10) 2%
9 months (3) 0%
12 months (341) 55%
18 months (91) 15%
2 years (91) 15%
3 years (74) 12%
4 years (0) 0%
5 years (4) 1%

The average fine imposed by NSW courts for a refuse breath analysis following arrest offence is $983.57



7. Driving under the influence drink driving statistics

The following chart shows the range of penalties imposed by NSW courts in respect of driving under the influence: 

Sentencing statistics for driving under the influence – July 2006-Jun 2010
s.10 dismissal/bond (258) 9%
Fine only (1649) 54%
Good behaviour bond/probation (726) 24%
CSO (109) 4%
Suspended sentence (61) 2%
Suspended sentence & probation (75) 2%
Periodic detention (21) 1%
Home detention (3) 0%
Prison (146) 5%

See the definitions of each penalty type at the bottom of this page.

The following chart shows the length of disqualification periods that were imposed by NSW courts for offenders who were dealt with by way of fine:

Length of disqualification for driving under the influence - Jul 2006-Jun 2010
3 months (3) 0%
6 months (656) 40%
9 months (248) 15%
12 months (568) 35%
18 months (51) 3%
2 years (50) 3%
3 years (51) 3%
4 years (0) 0%
5 years (3) 0%

The average fine imposed by NSW courts for a driving under the influence offence is $763.05



8. Willfully alter blood concentration drink driving statistics

The following chart shows the range of penalties imposed by NSW courts in respect of wilfully alter blood concentration:



Sentencing statistics for wilfully alter blood concentration – Jul 2006 - Jun 2010
s.10 dismissal/bond (2) 8%
Fine only (13) 50%
Good behaviour bond/probation (6) 23%
CSO (2) 8%
Suspended sentence (1) 4%
Suspended sentence & probation (2) 8%

The following chart shows the length of disqualification periods that were imposed by NSW courts for offenders who were dealt with by way of fine:



Length of disqualification wilfully alter blood concentration - Jul 2006-Jun 2010
12 months (4) 31%
18 months (3) 23%
2 years (2) 15%
3 years (3) 23%
4 years (0) 0%
5 years (1) 8%

The average fine imposed by NSW courts for a wilfully alter blood concentration offence is $1,088.46



9. Refuse breath test drink driving statistics

The following chart shows the range of penalties imposed by NSW courts in respect of refuse breath test:


Sentencing statistics for refuse breath test – Jul 2006-Jun 2010
s.10 dismissal/bond (10) 9%
Fine only (78) 70%
Good behaviour bond/probation (19) 18%
CSO (4) 4%

The following table shows the length of disqualification periods that were imposed by NSW courts for offenders who were dealt with by way of fine:

Length of disqualification for refuse breath test - Jul 2006-Jun 2010
3 months (4) 11%
6 months (10) 29%
9 months (0) 0%
12 months (13) 37%
18 months (3) 9%
2 years (4) 11%
3 years (1) 3%

The average fine imposed by NSW courts for a refuse breath test offence is $523.72

where to next?

In NSW, traffic offences are treated seriously. Therefore, it is important to get competent legal advice as early as possible, whether you have received a penalty notice, had your licence suspended or been charged with a serious offence. Our lawyers are highly experienced and understand the difficulties you face without a licence. We can guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.

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