Mid Range PCA Drink Driving

Mid Range PCA Drink Driving

What is it Mid Range PCA?

You may be charged with the offence of Mid Range PCA (Prescribed Content of Alcohol) if you have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 to less than 0.15. As the name suggests, it is not in the most severe category of drink driving, but the offence still carries a prison sentence as a potential penalty.

What are the penalties for Mid Range PCA?

If you are found guilty of Mid Range PCA, a criminal conviction may be recorded against your name, unless you are able to successfully seek leniency in accordance with section 10, or you can establish that the breath test was inaccurate.

We can increase your chances of avoiding a conviction by providing legal advice and representation. Our drink driving lawyers have years of experience in successfully defending clients charged with Mid Range PCA.

Penalties which may be imposed include:

First major offence within 5 years

Maximum fine


Minimum disqualification

6 months

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

12 months

Maximum prison sentence

9 months

Second major offence within 5 years

Maximum fine


Minimum disqualification under Interlock

6 months

Maximum disqualification under Interlock

9 months

Interlock period

2 years

Maximum prison sentence

12 months

In a very few cases, the courts will exempt a driver convicted of a second offence from the Interlock program, which means disqualification periods are more severe.

How severe is the charge against you?

While less serious than High Range PCA, Mid Range PCA is not an offence to be taken lightly – you do face prison if you are convicted. Having a criminal conviction can affect your employment prospects and even future travel plans. It is therefore important that you obtain legal advice as soon as possible after you have been charged with the offence.

Traffic Offender Intervention Program

If you are charged with a traffic offence, you can elect to participate in this course. The aim is to teach you about general traffic rules, and why it is important to obey the law. Once you have completed the course, a certificate will be sent to the court where your matter will be heard, and is considered when you are sentenced.

More information about Traffic Offender Intervention Program

Interlock program

If you have been found guilty of your second Mid Range PCA offence within five years, you will be ordered to participate in the Interlock program. An Interlock device will be installed in your vehicle for two years after your disqualification ends, and you will be unable to drive if you have any alcohol in your system.

More information about the Interlock program

What happens next with a Mid Range PCA?

While there are numerous penalties which could be imposed if you are found guilty of Mid Range PCA, the outcome of your matter depends on your particular circumstances.

This is why it is so important to seek expert legal advice as soon as possible after you have been charged with Mid Range PCA.

We can help you understand what penalties you may face, and the defences that may be available to you.

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