Driving Offences

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If you have been charged with a traffic offences or need to apply for a work licence or special hardship licence, you are wise to seek legal advice from our experienced defence solicitor.

Greenhalgh Pickard provides professional, expert advice and assistance relating to traffic law matters, including:

Drink Driving
Drug Driving
Unlicenced Driving
Careless Driving
Dangerous Driving
Disqualified Driving
Evade Police
Work & Special Hardship Licence Application

When you choose to put your trust in Greenhalgh Pickard you can rest assured that expert lawyers will address your matter with the utmost professionalism and confidentiality in order to achieve the best results for you.

Greenhalgh Pickard’s experienced criminal law solicitor, Braden Milburn, offers easy-to-understand, thorough advice you can count on.

You will also benefit from Greenhalgh Pickard’s transparent fixed-or-capped fee structure, meaning you will know exactly how much you will spend from the start.

It is illegal to drive a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, prescription drugs, or illegal drugs. A vehicle includes a motor vehicle; a boat or jet ski; and all other means of transport that move on wheels.

For alcohol, the police use a breathalyser to test if you have any alcohol in your system. The breathalyser will show your blood alcohol concentration (BAC).  For drugs, the police use swaps to test whether you have any in your system.

If found with drugs or alcohol in your system while operating a vehicle, the severity of your penalty will depend on the below factors:

The amount of alcohol/drugs in the blood
The individual’s traffic history
Circumstances surrounding the offence

Drink Driving


Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)  Licence Disqualification Maximum Fine Maximum Prison Time
>0.00 but <0.05 (learner, probationary or provisional licences) 3 to 9 months $1,868 3 months
0.05 and over, but under 0.10 1 to 9 months $1,868 3 months
0.10 and over, but under 0.15 3 to 12 months $2,669 6 months
0.15 and over Min of 6 months $3,736 9 months


Drug Driving

The saliva test detects the active ingredient in the drug and depends on factors such as the:

  • type of drug taken
  • quantity and quality of drug
  • frequency of drug use
  • period of time since taking the drug.



  • disqualify you from driving for between 1 to 9 months
  • fine you up to $1,868
  • impose a maximum term of imprisonment up to 3 months.

 A person convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, cannabis, ecstasy or ICE may have grounds to apply for a work licence. However, this is not available if you have already had your driver’s licence suspended or cancelled in the previous five years.


If you have any questions regarding drink or drug driving, or would like to book a consultation for legal advice, get in contact with Greenhalgh Pickard today for a FREE 15 minute phone consultation. Simply call (07) 5444 1022.


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