Drink Driving & Traffic Laws
Are you familiar with Australian drink driving and traffic laws? If not, you owe it to yourself to find out as much as you can. If you don’t, you could find yourself unwittingly on the wrong side of the law.
When you’re facing drink driving or other traffic offense charges, as well as significantly large fines, you could also find yourself facing a long prison sentence. Below you will discover everything you need to know about the laws currently in place and what to do if you are charged with a driving related offense.
Drink driving laws and offences
The laws regarding drink driving vary between the different states and territories in Australia. However, they do tend to follow very similar rules. Did you know that police officers in Australia legally have the right to randomly stop drivers and give them breathalyser tests?
In some cases during special events such as football, or on weekend nights, road blocks can also be put up where every driver is breathalysed. You are legally bound to take the test and refusing to do so is considered an offense.
The fine and potential jail sentence you face will depend upon the seriousness of the charge. How much you had been drinking is one of the main things that will be considered.
It isn’t just drink driving you can get charged for. There are set traffic laws in place that all drivers must adhere to. Again these vary between states so it is important to have a good understand of the laws in your local area.
- Some of the most common charges brought against drivers include:
- Negligent driving
- Dangerous driving
- Police pursuit
- Drug driving
- Driving without a license
These are just some of the offenses you can be charged with. If you do find yourself facing either drink or traffic related charges, it is important to ensure you hire a good lawyer. As mentioned, the penalties vary significantly depending upon the offense.
However, there is the possibility that you could have your license suspended, face a large fine and spend time in jail. A good lawyer will be able to represent you and help you to gain the best possible outcome.
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