Mid Range PCA is an offence that is committed by a person who drives or operates a vehicle on a public road, with a blood alcohol concentration between 0.08 and 0.15. Although this is not the most serious form of drink driving, as it’s name suggests, being charged with a mid range PCA offence is still dealt with seriously and carrying heavy penalties. The general starting point for these matters is the recording of a criminal conviction and the imposition of a fine coupled with a term of licence disqualification, unless you are able to successfully seek leniency in accordance with section 10 ( dismiss a charge without recording a conviction), or are able to adequately  prove that the breath test was inaccurate.

 Penalties

First Offence

  • Criminal conviction is recorded (criminal record)
  • Maximum fine: $2,200
  • Automatic disqualification: 12 months, can be reduced to 6 months by the Magistrate
  • Maximum prison sentence: 9 months

Second or Subsequent Offence

  • Criminal conviction is recorded (criminal record)
  • Maximum fine: $3,300
  • Min. disqualification period under interlock: 6 months (max. 9 months)
  • An interlock participation order for 2 years
  • Maximum prison sentence: 12 months

Every PCA case if different, thus the approach taken and the advice given by a lawyer must be tailored to each individual case. It is therefore important to obtain professional legal advice from someone who is experienced in Drink Driving charges and is able to take all the necessary steps to defend your charge, or reduce the penalties that may be imposed. Our lawyers have the required experience and expertise to prepare for your case in order to obtain the best possible outcome. Contact us to schedule your consultation with one of our professional drink driving lawyers.

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