Likely Penalties for Mid Range Drink Driving

What Penalty Am I Likely To Receive In My Mid Range Drink Driving Offence?

Fortunately, when New South Wales Courts sentence offenders for Mid Range Drink Driving Offences take into account your unique circumstances (including your character, driving record and 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 court can impose. If you would like more personalised advice, please complete the form at the bottom of this page and we will give you our expert advice free of charge.

Maximum Penalties For Mid Range Drink Driving

When a person commits their first major offence in NSW within the last 5 years they face a maximum fine of $2200, or imprisonment for 9 months, or both.

When a person is before the court for their second or subsequent major offence committed in NSW within the last five years they face a maximum fine of $3300, or imprisonment for 12 months, or both.

It can be seen that Mid Range Drink Driving carries a broader range of pecuniary and gaol penalties than offences in the Low Range category. The penalty for an offence of this nature, therefore, will be somewhat proportional to which end of the range you may find yourself. First time offenders who find themselves at the lower end of this range, will be more likely to receive a lesser penalty than those at the upper end of the range.

Automatic And Minimum Periods Of Disqualification

In all Mid 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 penalties apply.

If it is your first major offence committed in NSW within the last five years:

  • The minimum disqualification period is 6 months; and
  • The automatic disqualification period is 12 months.

If it is a subsequent offence then you face the following penalties.

  • A minimum disqualification period of 12 months.
  • An automatic disqualification period of three years.

Sentencing Statistics

Penalty Types for all Mid Range Dffenders (22299 cases)

Disqualification Periods for Mid Range Offenders (18453 cases)

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