Drink driving offences in Victoria carry very serious mandatory penalties which can include fines, loss of licence, alcohol interlock devices and even jail.
Many people feel that the worst thing about drink driving charges is that they could lose their job if they are unable to drive to work. This is absolutely true.
For those caught drink driving, many people will find that their licence was immediately suspended by police. This suspension will remain in place until your case is finalised at Court (known as a ‘section 51’ notice). This means that you cannot drive. There are no exceptions and no special licences that you can get to drive during this time. They don’t exist. If you drive during this period of suspension and are caught, you can be charged with another criminal offence ‘driving whilst suspended’. These charges can carry maximum penalties of large fines, further licence suspension and even jail.
Get in contact with us so that we can deal with your case as quickly as possible and explore whether there is a mandatory licence loss applicable to your offence.
We can also give you advice about whether to appeal the ‘section 51‘ notice until your case is heard. At the appeal hearing, you must demonstrate ‘exceptional circumstances‘ as to why your licence should not be cancelled until your court case is heard (for example: the case against you is weak and you have a real chance of winning). You should consider getting a lawyer to assist you with this appeal process.
Call us on 0468 364 121 for some free advice