Novice Range PCA is an offence that is committed by a person who drives or operates a vehicle on a public road, with a blood alochol concentration between 0.00 and 0.019. The term “Novice driver” generally includes learner driviers, those with a provisional (P1 or P2) licence, those who are suspended or disqualified from driving and those who have never held a licence. In Australia, being charged with any range PCA is regarded as a serious matter. 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.

 Penalties

First Offence

  • Criminal conviction is recorded (criminal record)
  • Maximum fine: $1,100
  • Automatic disqualification: 6 months, can be reduced to 3 months by the Magistrate

Second or Subsequent Offence

  • Criminal conviction is recorded (criminal record)
  • Maximum fine: $2,200
  • Min. disqualification period of 1 months, Max. disqualification period 3 months
  • An interlock participation order for 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 extpertise 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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