Penalties for High Range Drink Driving


In New South Wales, courts take into account the unique circumstances of an offender when sentencing them for high range drink driving. They take into account the person’s character, their prior drink driving record and their need for a licence as well as the unique circumstances surrounding the offence.

This means the penalty you will receive at court cannot precisely be predicted. However, the information on this page will give you a good idea of the range of penalties the courts impose.

Maximum penalties for high range drink driving

When a person is found guilty of their first major offence in NEw South Years in the last five years, the maximum penalty the court can give them is a fine of $3300, or imprisonment for 18 months, or both.

For a person’s second or subsequent major offence committed in New South Wales within the last five years, the maximum penalty is a fine of $5500, or imprisonment for two years, or both.

License disqualification

In all High Range Drink Driving offences the court has the discretion not to record a conviction against you. If the court decides not to record a conviction, you will not be disqualified from driving or have to pay a fine. If the court does convict you the following periods of license suspension apply.

For a person’s first major offence committed in NSW within the last five years, the minimum disqualification period is 12 months and the automatic disqualification period is 3 years.

For a person’s second or subsequent major offence committed in NSW within the last five years the minimum disqualification period is two years and the automatic disqualification period is five years.

If you require legal advice or representation in a traffic matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.

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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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