Low Range PCA Drink Driving

Low Range PCA Drink Driving

What is Low Range PCA?

If you have been charged with Low Range PCA, the police are alleging that you were driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05 to below 0.08. This is at the lower end of the drink driving spectrum. However, all drink-driving offences are considered to be serious, and you still face significant penalties. Low Range PCA Drink Driving Charge beaten by one of our lawyers

What are the penalties for Low Range PCA?

If you are found guilty of Low Range PCA, you may have a criminal conviction recorded against you. This can affect your life in a number of ways, including your employment and your ability to travel to certain countries.

However, in some cases, there is a way to avoid a conviction being recorded. Nyman Gibson Miralis can assist you in seeking leniency under section 10, providing tips on the best possible character reference and further advice relevant to your circumstances.

Penalties for this offence include:

First major offence within 5 years

Maximum fine

$1,100

Minimum disqualification

3 months

Maximum disqualification

6 months

Automatic disqualification (in the absence of a specific court order)

6 months

Second major offence within 5 years

Maximum fine

$2,200

Minimum disqualification under Interlock

1 month


Maximum disqualification under Interlock

3 months

Interlock period

12 months


Although it doesn’t happen very often, in certain circumstances the court may grant you an exemption to the Interlock program for a second offence, which means the disqualification period increases.

How severe is the charge against you?

Low Range PCA is taken seriously by the court, because of the risk of injury to members of the public that drink driving poses. The disqualification periods and fines are harsh, and can cause significant problems in your daily life.

Traffic Offender Intervention Program

This is a course which you can choose to sign up for. During the course, you will learn about traffic rules, why it is important to keep them and the potential consequences of failing to do so. After completion of the course, a certificate will be provided to the court, which may be taken into account in your sentencing.

More information about the Traffic Offender Intervention Program

Interlock program

If you have been found guilty of your second drink driving offence within five years, participation in the Interlock program is mandatory. Under the program, a device fitted to your vehicle will prevent your vehicle from starting if you blow over zero.

More information aboutthe Alcohol Interlock Program

What happens next?

It is crucial that you obtain legal advice promptly once you have been charged with Low Range PCA.

We can outline the likely penalties, and advise you on the steps to take immediately after you are charged, which can assist in establishing potential defences.

What to do if you have been charged with Low Range PCA?

If you have been charged with a drink driving offence, don't take risks with your future. If you need advice from a criminal defence lawyer, contact one of our criminal law specialists immediately at either our Sydney or our Parramatta offices. Call 1800 NOT GUILTY or fill in our contact form on this page and arrange a free conference with a solicitor today. Contact our specialists right now! 24-hour legal advice 7 days a week.

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