Special Range PCA refers to a blood alcohol reading above 0.02 and up to 0.049. It can only be committed by:
- A provisional driver (P1 or P2), or
- A person driving without a valid licence. For example, a suspended or disqualified driver.
Will I lose my licence for special range drink driving?
If it is a first offence, police can suspend your licence on the spot for 3 months. In addition, you’ll receive a fine. It is possible to appeal this suspension.
If police don’t suspend your licence, the RMS will send you a letter advising you that your licence will be suspended for a period of 3 months. Again, it is possible to appeal this suspension.
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Will I have to go to court?
The police have an option of issuing you an infringement notice or a court attendance notice for the offence.
You only need to attend court if you receive a court attendance notice.
Infringement Notice Received
If you receive an infringement notice you do not have to go to court. However, you have the option of going to court by electing the infringement. As a result, your matter will be determined by a court. You can ask the magistrate for a non conviction.
Court Attendance Notice Received
If you receive a court attendance notice, you must attend court.
Special Range PCA Penalty
If pleading guilty to the offence, a magistrate can issue a fine of up to $2,200, and disqualify your licence for a maximum of 6 months, or a minimum of 3 months. However, it’s possible to avoid a conviction if you receive a conditional release order.
If you receive an infringement notice, you will receive a fine and your licence will be suspended for 3 months.
We can help
We can help you:
- Defend the charge
- Negotiate the facts with police
- Appeal your licence suspension
- Or, if pleading guilty, we can help you to prepare a strong subjective case in order to seek leniency from the court and avoid losing your licence.
Contact us today on 0421 700 497 for a free initial consultation.