Arrested for Drunk Driving?

In Queensland, it is an offence to drive while over the legal alcohol limit. These offences are known as ‘drink driving’ or ‘DUI’ offences and are treated very seriously by the courts.

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In most cases, a person will not go to jail for drink driving. It is always the maximum penalty available.

However, jail is definitely a possibility, and drink drivers regularly get sentenced to a term of imprisonment.

As a general rule, you are more likely to be imprisoned for drink driving if you have a prior history of high-range DUI offences. 

You are also at serious risk of imprisonment if you injured someone or caused property damage because of your driving.

Importantly, a court must impose a period of imprisonment if you are convicted of a 3rd high-range DUI offence within five years.

It does not mean, however, that you automatically go to jail. The court can wholly suspend the jail sentence or grant immediate parole.


If you have been charged with drink driving, you should seek legal advice from a drink driving lawyer as soon as possible.

Traffic offences involving drink driving are serious matters. They can result in severe penalties, including heavy fines, license disqualifications and, in some cases, imprisonment.

In all drink driving cases, you need expert legal representation.

A DUI lawyer who is thoroughly familiar with all aspects of Queensland’s drink driving laws will help you get the best outcome possible.

Even though there will be a fee to hire a solicitor, the expert representation you will receive will mean the benefits far outweigh the cost.

Drink Driving Limits

The law in Queensland states that drivers must be under certain alcohol limits. If they drive over the legal limit, they commit a drink driving offence.

The drink driving limits depend on what licence a person holds and, in some cases, what type of vehicle they are driving. 

There is a wide range of penalties that a court can impose for drink driving.

In most cases, an offender will be fined (ordered to pay a financial penalty). However, in more serious cases, a person may be placed on probation or be required to do unpaid community service.

A court must also order a driver licence disqualification in all drink driving cases. Licence disqualifications are in addition to any other sentence that a court might impose.


Harper Finch Lawyers are Queensland’s leading traffic and criminal law firm. Our decades of experience mean we know the traffic laws back-to-front and can help you avoid a lengthy driver licence disqualification.

Our experienced traffic lawyers will guide you through the entire process from start to finish. We are always available to answer any questions you might have about your case.

Also, our fixed fees will give you peace of mind. You will never need to worry about hidden costs – you will know what to expect right from the beginning.

If you have been charged with a drink driving or DUI offence and want to discuss your options, get in touch with our expert drink driving lawyers today.


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