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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.




LOW RANGE DRINK DRIVING STATISTICS:

The following charges shows the range of penalties imposed by NSW courts in respect of low range drink driving (1st offence) charges.

Sentencing statistics for low range drink driving - Oct 2013- Sep 2017
Section 10 dismissal/bond (11672) 54%
Section 10A (127) 1%
Fine only (16392) 45%
Length of disqualification for low range drink driving - Oct 2013- Sep 2017
3 months (6230) 64%
6 months (3235) 33%
9 months (96) 1%
12 months (147) 2%
18 months (4) 0%
2 years (2) 0%
3 years (1) 0%

MID RANGE DRINK DRIVING STATISTICS:

The following chart shows the range of penalties imposed by NSW courts in respect of mid range drink driving (1st offence) charges:

Sentencing statistics for mid range drink driving - Oct 2013- Sep 2017
Section 10 dismissal/bond (4181) 17%
Section 10A (218) 1%
Fine only (16046) 66%
Section 9 Good behaviour bond (3034) 12%
CSO (436) 2%
Suspended sentence (230) 2%
Suspended sentence & probation (230) 1%
ICO (58) 0%
Home detention (13) 0%
Prison (94) 1%

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

The following chart shows the average length of disqualification periods that were imposed by NSW courts:

Length of disqualification for mid range drink driving - Oct 2013- Sep 2017
3 months (45) 0%
6 months (11710) 58%
9 months (4205) 21%
12 months (3634) 18%
18 months (164) 1%
2 years (146) 1%
3 years (103) 1%
4 years (4) 0%
5 years (5) 0%

HIGH RANGE DRINK DRIVING STATISTICS:

The following chart shows the range of penalties imposed by NSW courts in respect of high range drink driving (1st offence) charges:

Sentencing statistics for high range drink driving - Oct 2013- Sep 2017
Section 10 dismissal/bond (155) 2%
Seciton 10A (58) 1%
Fine only (3103) 34%
Section 9 Good behaviour bond (3067) 39%
CSO (1158) 13%
Suspended sentence (914) 10%
ICO (248) 3%
Home detention (47) 1%
Prison (284) 3%

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

The following chart shows the average length of disqualification periods that were imposed by NSW courts:

Length of disqualification for high range drink driving - Oct 2013- Sep 2017
3 months (3) 0%
6 months (2416) 28%
9 months (1565) 18%
12 months (1583) 18%
18 months (819) 9%
2 years (828) 9%
3 years (1381) 16%
4 years (44) 1%
5 years (86) 1%
>5 years (1) 0%

SPECIAL RANGE DRINK DRIVING STATISTICS:

The following chart shows the range of penalties imposed by NSW courts in respect of special range drink driving (1st offence) charges:

Sentencing statistics for special range drink driving - Oct 2013- Sep 2017
Section 10 dismissal/bond (1375) 40%
Section 10A (42) 1%
Fine only (2049) 59%
Section 9 Good behaviour bond (10) 0%
CSO (1) 0%

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

The following chart shows the average length of disqualification periods that were imposed by NSW courts:

Length of disqualification for special range drink driving - Oct 2013- Sep 2017
3 months (1259) 62%
6 months (699) 35%
9 months (19) 1%
12 months (36) 2%
18 months (0) 0%
2 years (1) 0%
3 years (2) 0%
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

NOVICE RANGE DRINK DRIVING STATISTICS:

The following chart shows the range of penalties imposed by NSW courts in respect of novice range drink driving (1st offence) charges:

Sentencing statistics for novice range drink driving - Oct 2013- Sep 2017
Section 10 dismissal/bond (584) 50%
Section 10A (9) 1%
Fine only (582) 49%
Section 9 Good behaviour bond (2) 0%
CSO (0) 0%

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

The following chart shows the average length of disqualification periods that were imposed by NSW courts:

Length of disqualification for novice range drink driving - Oct 2013- Sep 2017
3 months (379) 66%
6 months (185) 32%
9 months (2) 0%
12 months (8) 1%
18 months (1) 0%
2 years (1) 0%
3 years (0) 0%

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 (1st offence):

Sentencing statistics for refuse breath analysis following arrest – Oct 2013- Sep 2017
Section 10 dismissal/bond (28) 4%
Section 10A (6) 1%
Fine only (374) 54%
Section 9 Good behaviour bond (196) 28%
CSO (38) 6%
Suspended sentence (29) 4%
ICO (8) 1%
Home detention (2) 0%
Prison (8) 1%

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

The following chart shows the average length of disqualification periods that were imposed by NSW courts:

Length of disqualification for refuse breath analysis following arrest - Oct 2013- Sep 2017
3 months (0) 6 months (205)
9 months (85) 13%
12 months (161) 25%
18 months (53) 8%
2 years (52) 8%
3 years (94) 14%
4 years (4) 1%
5 years (1) 0%

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 (1st offence):

Sentencing statistics for driving under the influence – Oct 2013- Sep 2017
Section 10 dismissal/bond (231) 9%
Section 10A (69) 3%
Fine only (1491) 54%
Section 9 Good behaviour bond (672) 24%
CSO (76) 3%
Suspended sentence (91) 3%
ICO (9) 0%
Home detention (3) 0%
Prison (118) 4%

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

The following chart shows the average length of disqualification periods that were imposed by NSW courts:

Length of disqualification for driving under the influence - Oct 2013- Sep 2017
3 months (2) 0%
6 months (1006) 41%
9 months (372) 15%
12 months (893) 36%
18 months (57) 2%
2 years (93) 4%
3 years (52) 2%
4 years (3) 0%
5 years (4) 0%

WILLFULLY ALTER BLOOD CONCENTRATION DRINK DRIVING STATISTICS:

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

Sentencing statistics for willfully alter blood concentration – Oct 2013- Sep 2017
Section 10 dismissal/bond (1) 9%
Section 10A 0%
Fine only (5) 45%
Section 9 Good behaviour bond (2) 18%
CSO (1) 9%
Suspended sentence (2) 18%

The following chart shows the average length of disqualification periods that were imposed by NSW courts:

Length of disqualification willfully alter blood concentration - Oct 2013- Sep 2017
6 months (1) 11%
12 months (5) 56%
18 months (2) 22%
2 years (1) 11%

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 – Oct 2013- Sep 2017
Section 10 dismissal/bond (9) 13%
Section 10A (4) 6%
Fine only (52) 72%
Section 9 Good behaviour bond (6) 8%
CSO (1) 1%

The following table shows the average length of disqualification periods that were imposed by NSW courts:

Length of disqualification for refuse breath test - Oct 2013- Sep 2017
3 months (4) 18%
6 months (6) 27%
9 months (1) 5%
12 months (5) 23%
18 months (0) 0%
2 years (4) 18%
3 years (2) 9%

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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