Mid-range drink driving refers to operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration ranging from 0.080 to 0.149. If you are found guilty of this offence, the court is obligated to impose a driving disqualification if you are convicted. Moreover, the court has the authority to require your participation in the alcohol interlock program. This involves installing a device in your vehicle that requires you to provide a breath sample before starting your car. This obligation remains in place for a period after serving the minimum disqualification term. However, the court also has the option to handle your case through a 'section 10 dismissal or conditional release order,' which means you can avoid a criminal conviction, disqualification, or fine.
For individuals facing their first mid-range drink driving offence, the maximum penalties for this charge consists of:
1. An imprisonment terms of up to 9 months;
2. There is an automatic licence disqualification of 12 months, with the minimum being 6 months.
3. A 12 month interlock device requirement for your vehicle will be imposed.
4. A fine of $2,200.
For individuals facing their second or subsequent mid-range drink driving offence, the maximum penalties for this charge consists of:
1. An imprisonment terms of up to 12 months;
2. There is an automatic licence disqualification of 3 years, with the minimum being 12 months.
3. A 24 month interlock device requirement for your vehicle will be imposed.
4. A fine of $3,300.
Whether it is your first or subsequent major traffic offence within the last 5 years, you can avoid a criminal record, license disqualification, or fine if the court decides to handle your case with a ‘section 10(1)(a) dismissal’ or conditional release order without a conviction. This option is available unless you have previously received a non-conviction order for a major traffic offence within the past 5 years.
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