Drink Driving Penalties

If you are convicted of drink driving penalties in a NSW court you will:

  • Automatically lose your drivers licence;
  • Receive a maximum fine of between $1,100 and $5,500 depending on the prescribed concentration of alcohol (PCA) you are charged with and whether this is your first or subsequent offence;
  • Leave Court with a criminal record; and
  • Potentially even face a gaol term

1ST MAJOR OFFENCE – DUI AND DRINK DRIVING PENALTIES

Offence Maximum Fine Maximum Jail Automatic disqualification Minimum disqualification
Novice Range PCA (0.00 –0.019)

$1,100

Nil

6 months

3 months

Special Range PCA (0.020 – 0.049)

$1,100

Nil

6 months

3 months

Low Range PCA (0.050 – 0.079)

$1,100

Nil

6 months

3 months

Middle Range PCA (0.080 – 0.149)

$2,200

9 months

12 months

6 months

High Range PCA (over 0.150)

$3,300

18 months

3 years

12 months

Driving Under the Influence

(DUI)

$2,200

9 months

12 months

6 months

Refuse Breath Test

$1,100

Nil

6 months

Nil

Refuse Breath Analysis

$3,300

18 months

3 years

12 months

Wilfully Alter Blood Concentration

$3,300

18 months

3 years

12 months

 

 2nd MAJOR OFFENCE – DRINK DRIVING& DUI PENALTIES

Offence Maximum Fine Maximum Jail Automatic disqualification Minimum disqualification
Novice Range PCA (0.00 – 0.019)

$2,200

Nil

12 months

6 months

Special Range PCA (0.020 – 0.049)

$2,200

Nil

12 months

6 months

Low Range PCA (0.050 – 0.079)

$2,200

Nil

12 months

6 months

Middle Range PCA (0.080-0.149)

$3,300

12 months

3 years

12 months

High Range PCA (over 0.150)

$5,500

2 years

5 years

2 years

Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

$3,300

12 months

3 years

12 months

Refuse Breath Test

$1,100

Nil

2 years 2 years
Refuse Breath Analysis

$5,500

2 years

5 years

2 years

Wilfully Alter Blood Concentration

$5,500

2 years

5 years 2 years