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Drink Driving Offence Penalties In NSW

Drink Driving Offence Penalties In NSW

Facing a drink driving charge can be a stressful experience, particularly for individuals encountering the criminal justice system for the first time. Many may find themselves unsure of what to expect in court.

The below table provides an overview of the penalties that apply to drink driving offences in NSW.

OffencesPenaltyAutomatic Disqualification (where no alcohol interlock)Minimum Disqualification (where no alcohol interlock)Minimum disqualification period (where alcohol interlock)Maximum disqualification period (where alcohol interlock)Alcohol Interlock Period
High Range

(1st off)

$3,300.00 fine or 18 months jail3 years12 months6 months9 months24 months
High Range

(2nd off)

$5,500.00 fine or 2 years jail5 years2 years9 months12 months48 months
Mid-Range

(1st off)

$2,200.00 fine or 9 months jail12 months6 months3 months6 months12 months
Mid-Range

(2nd off)

$3,300.00 fine or 12 months jail3 years12 months6 months9 months24 months
Low/Special/Novice Range

(1st off)

$2,200.00 fine6 months3 months
Low/Special/Novice Range  (2nd off)$3,300.00 fine12 months6 months1 month3 months12 months
DUI Alcohol

(1st off)

$3,300.00 fine or 18 months jail3 years12 months6 months9 months24 months
DUI Alcohol

(2nd off)

$5,500.00 fine or 2 years jail5 years2 years9 months12 months48 months
Drug Present In System (1st off)$2,200.00 fine6 months3 months
Drug Present In System (2nd off)$3,300.00 fine12 months6 months

 

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