Parramatta Drink Driving Lawyers

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At Bainbridge Legal we understand that going to court can be a nervous time for our clients.

Our drink driving and traffic law team at Bainbridge Legal has a wealth of experience representing our clients in courts all across Sydney and New South Wales. When choosing a drink driving lawyer it is important that you choose a team of lawyers who are not only familiar with the laws regulating drink driving but who also understand the intricacies of the Parramatta Local Court and individual Parramatta magistrates that will ultimately be deciding the outcome of your case. This local knowledge allows us to specifically tailor your drink driving case to get the best possible outcome.

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Do I need a drink driving lawyer? Why can't I represent myself?

There is an old saying: "the lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client".

If you are convicted of a drink driving offence, you will lose your licence for a considerable period of time. The more serious your offending (ie the higher your blood alcohol concentration), the longer the period of licence disqualification will be. Your licence disqualification period can be reduced where an effective plea in mitigation is submitted to the court. The reality is that self-represented litigants are typically unable to present their mitigation effectively.

Drink drivers will generally be forced to pay a significant fine, although the amount of fine often can be reduced with carefully considered submissions to the bench.

Drivers caught drink driving may be subject to a mandatory alcohol interlock order, or may face a sentence of imprisonment for more serious drink driving offences.

With so much at stake, you should not risk appearing before the court on a drink driving charge without first obtaining competent legal advice.

Drink Driving Experts - Bainbridge Legal Traffic Lawyers

Do not trust your drink driving matter to just any lawyer. Engage legal representation you can trust.

When you engage Bainbridge Legal you don't just get one expert drink driving lawyer; you get a whole team of drink driving solicitors.

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BLOOD ALCOHOL CONCENTRATION

Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) refers to the amount of alcohol in your system. It is measured by reference to the detectable quantity of grams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. In other words, a driver with a BAC of 0.08 means that the driver has 0.08 grams (ie. 80 milligrams) of alcohol per 100 millilitres of that driver's blood.

The law in NSW provides for three different blood alcohol concentration limits: 0, 0.02 and 0.05. The limit that applies to drivers depends on the licence category of that driver and the type of vehicle the driver is driving at the relevant time.

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  • Drivers with non-standard blood alcohol concentration limits

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    The following drivers are subject to a zero blood alcohol concentration:

  • Learner drivers
  • Provisional drivers
  • (Visiting drivers holding an overseas or interstate learner, provisional or equivalent licence)
  • The following drivers are subject to a 0.02 blood alcohol concentration:

  • Drivers of vehicles greater than 13.9 tonnes (gross vehicle mass)
  • Drivers of vehicles carrying dangerous goods
  • Drivers of public vehicles such as taxi or bus drivers