Special Range (Drink Driving) Prescribed Concentration Alcohol- Section 110 (2) of Road Transport Act 2013

Special range drink driving is when your blood alcohol concentration of 0.02grams or more, but less than 0.05 grams, of alcohol in 210 litres of breath or 100 millilitres of blood, for bus drivers, taxi and ride share drivers, truck drivers with a GVM over 13.9 tonnes and drivers of dangerous or radioactive good.

From 20 May 2019, NSW Police can now immediately suspend your driver’s licence if you commit a special range drink driving offence. In the case of a first time committing a special range offence, police have the power to issue you a penalty in the sum of $572 and impose an immediate 3 months licence suspension.

Maximum Penalties

PenaltyFirst offenceSecond or Subsequent offence
Minimum disqualification3 months6 months
Maximum disqualification6 monthsUnlimited
Maximum court-imposed fine$2,200$3,300
Automatic disqualification6 months12 months
Alcohol interlock orderN/A12 months- with a minimum of 1 month disqualification or 3 months maximum

Your Options in Court

Court election

If you have received a penalty notice and immediate suspension, before you pay the fine, you can elect to have your matter heard in court and appeal your driver licence suspension.

You will then be provided with a Court Attendance Notice and have the matter determined at court.

Pleading Guilty

It is important that you speak to an experienced traffic lawyer who will be able to advise you of your options.

If you decide or have been advised to plead guilty to novice range drink driving after receiving legal advice from an experienced criminal defence lawyer, it is crucial that your case is sufficiently prepared to maximise your chances at obtaining a lenient sentence. 

Utilitarian Value or 25% discount on punishment

The discount for the utilitarian value of the plea of guilty will be determined largely by the timing of your plea entered. That means, the earlier you enter a plea of guilty, the greater discount you receive on your punishment and also the type of sentence you receive.

The utilitarian value of a delayed plea is less and consequently the discount is reduced.

Types of Penalties

Types of penalties the Judge can impose on you include any one of the following:

  • Conditional Release Order
  • Fine

Our expert defence team at Criminal Lawyers Sydney may be able to negotiate the police ‘facts’ to reduce the seriousness of the offence.

Our team will guide you on obtaining materials which can be handed-up to the court during your sentencing – including a letter of apology, character references, and any documents from counsellors or health care professionals you have consulted.

These materials, together with persuasive verbal submissions by your lawyer in the courtroom, can help to ensure you receive the most lenient penalty that is possible in the circumstances.

If you have been charged with special range drink driving, call Criminal Lawyers Sydney anytime on (02) 91528619 to arrange a free first conference with one of our experienced traffic lawyers who will review the allegations and advise you of your options and the best way forward.