Drink & Drug Driving
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Have you either been interviewed or charged by police for drink driving or drug driving?
Before you speak to police, we recommend that you contact a lawyer to discuss what you say to police.
You should review our criminal law FAQs section which provides general advice on arrest and detention.
Police will usually charge you with multiple alternative offences, which is known as ‘loading up’.
It is essential that you get legal advice before you comment on the allegations. It is important to know that in Victoria you do not have a right to be legally represented at interview. You have a right to communicate with a legal practitioner, or attempt to communicate with a legal practitioner, that is, to make a telephone call.
Sometimes this is not always convenient.
Police will usually say before the interview ‘this is your opportunity to tell your story’. Be wary of this advice!
In Victoria, the penalties for being found guilty of drink driving changed in 2018, to become much harsher.
Since 30 April 2018, the penalties in Victoria for being found guilty of drink driving have become much harsher.
You may also be charged with multiple offences.
The maximum penalties for the most common drink driving offences are as follows:
As of 1 July 2021, the value of one penalty unit is $181.74
In addition to these penalties, you will also automatically be penalised with the following:
- have your licence disqualified for a period of 3 – 48 months, depending on your BAC reading and whether it was your first or subsequent offence
- be required to have an interlock device fitted to your car for between 6-48 months, depending on your BAC reading and whether it was your first or subsequent offence
- complete a behaviour change program as well as receive the following penalties
If you have been charged, or previously charged, with a drink driving offence, we can help protect your future and have the experience required to help you avoid or minimise any penalties, including terms of imprisonment.
For more information from an experienced drink driving lawyer in Melbourne, contact us on (03) 9995 9155