Drink driving cases are some of the most common traffic law cases we come across at Haitch Legal. If you’ve been charged with a drink driving offence, it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible in order to get the best outcome.
Drink driving does not only include driving under the influence of alcohol; there are a number of charges you may encounter, such as refusing to comply with police directions or refusing a breath or blood test. We are familiar with all aspects of this area of legislation and can help you develop a strong defence.
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What can I be charged with?
The Road Safety Act 1986 outlines a number of charges that fall under drink driving. This is a very complex area of law as there have been several amendments and challenges over the years. Below, we’ve given a summary of the most common offences we encounter:
s49 Offences involving alcohol or other drugs
(a) Driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor
(b) Exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol (PCA – 0.05 grams per 100 millilitres of blood or 0.05 grams per 210 litres of breath)
(c) Refusing the Premilinary Breath Test
(d) Failing to comply with signal to stop
(e) Refusing to comply with direction
(f) Exceeding PCA 3 hours after driving (Breath)
(g) Exceeding PCA 3 hours after driving (Blood)
s49B Consume intoxicating liquor whilst driving
s49C Consume intoxicating liquor while accompanying a learner driver