MCG Legal    Area of Law    Drink Driving Penalties QLD

If you are caught drink driving, you will need to go to court.

A magistrate will decide the length of your licence disqualification and whether you will be fined or sentenced to a term of imprisonment.

The severity of the penalty will depend on your:

24-hour suspension

A 24-hour licence suspension will apply where your BAC is less than 0.10. Your licence will be suspended for at least 24 hours from the time your BAC is confirmed as having exceeded the limit that applies to you.

Immediate suspension

Your licence will be immediately suspended if you:

The immediate suspension will end when the drink driving charge has been dealt with by the court, is withdrawn or discontinued.

Getting your licence after your disqualification

When your disqualification ends you can apply to have your driver licence reissued. You will be issued with a probationary licence, which you must hold for at least 1 year.

You may also be subject to the alcohol ignition interlock requirement once your disqualification ends.

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