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Likely Penalties for Low Range Drink Driving

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

Fortunately, NSW Courts when sentencing offenders for Low 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 Low Range Drink Driving

First major offence committed in NSW within the last 5 years

  • Maximum fine of $1100

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

  • Maximum fine of $2200

Automatic and Minimum Periods of Disqualification

In all Low 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 3 months.
  • The Automatic disqualification period is 6 months.

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

  • The Minimum disqualification period is 6 months.
  • The Automatic disqualification period is 12 months.

Sentencing Statistics

Penalty types for all Low Range offenders (14144 cases)



Disqualification Periods for Low Range Offenders (8445 cases)


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