Key Practice Areas
Minimum disqualification for high range drink driving
The Situation: Our client was charged with high range drink driving, with a reading of 0.194. He was a mature man in his 60s, and was driving home from his local pub when intercepted. Our client was semi-retired, and caring for his wife who had suffering from kidney failure and respiratory illness. They lived in a remote area, and our client was the main driver of the household.
The Result: The court was convinced, after hearing submissions from us that our client’s actions were out of character for him and it was appropriate to impose the mandatory minimum disqualification period of six months, despite our client’s very high reading. Our client expressed a great deal of remorse and the loss of his licence would have genuine and far reaching impacts upon his family, particularly his ill wife.
As every case is different, the cases reported here cannot be taken as an indication of a similar outcome being likely in your case, and these reports are not to be taken as legal advice about your particular situation.