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Likely Penalties for High Range Drink Driving

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What Penalty am I Likely to Receive in my High Range Drink Driving Offence?

Fortunately, NSW Courts when sentencing offenders for High Range Drink Driving Offences take into account your unique circumstances (including your character, driving record and need for a licence) as well as the unique circumstances surrounding the offence. In other States, offenders are treated like a number - everyone receiving the same penalty irrespective of their personal circumstances.

This means the penalty you will receive at Court cannot precisely be predicted. However, the information on this page will give you a good idea of the range of penalties the court can impose. If you would like more personalised advice, please complete the form at the bottom of this page and we will give you our expert advice free of charge.

Maximum Penalties for High Range Drink Driving

First major offence committed in NSW within the last 5 years

  • Maximum fine of $3300, or imprisonment for 18 months, or both.

Second or subsequent major offence committed in NSW within the last 5 years

  • Maximum fine of $5500, or imprisonment for 2 years, or both.

It can be seen that High Range Drink Driving has a broad range of pecuniary penalties (between $3300 and $5500) and/or gaol penalties (between 18 months and 2 years).

The penalty for an offence of this nature will be somewhat proportional to which end of the range you may find yourself. First time offenders who find themselves at the lower end of this range, will be more likely to receive a lesser penalty than those at the upper end of the range.

Automatic and Minimum Periods of Disqualification

In all High Range Drink Driving offences the court has the discretion not to record a conviction against you. If the court decides not to record a conviction, you will not be disqualified from driving or have to pay a fine. If the court does convict you the following penalties apply:

First major offence committed in NSW within the last 5 years
  • The minimum disqualification period is 12 months.
  • The automatic disqualification period is 3 years.

Second or subsequent major offence committed in NSW within the last 5 years

  • The minimum disqualification period is 2 years.
  • The automatic disqualification period is 5 years.

Sentencing Statistics

Penalty Types for all High Range Offenders (7946 cases)



Disqualification Periods for High Range Offenders (7741 cases):


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