If you’ve recently been charged for drinking and driving, drug driving, or driving under the influence (DUI) you need an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer in your corner who is prepared to fight for you and uphold your rights under the law.
Stary Norton Halphen lawyers are experienced in defending a range of traffic offences and we are proud of our reputation as Victoria’s most knowledgeable drink driving and DUI lawyers. Do not hesitate to speak to us in regards to cases involving:
If you are facing any of these charges, get in touch with us today. You can call us on (03) 8622 8200 or contact us through our online enquiry form. For After Hours enquiries, please ring 0407 410 821.
In cases of drink driving and drug driving, there are essentially two types of offences with which you can be charged:
A Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge is made when a person is believed to be operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The person does not necessarily have to have given a positive result on a drug or breathalyser test. Instead, police and prosecutors must prove you were under the influence when driving, whether by assessing your performance on the road or through personal interaction, e.g. bloodshot eyes or slurring speech.
A Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol (PCA) charge is levelled when a person is caught driving with a blood alcohol level above the legally accepted limit. In these cases, it does not matter if the person was visibly under the influence of alcohol.
If charged with either of these offences you should obtain legal advice as soon as possible to determine:
It is particularly important to obtain legal advice if you have prior convictions for drink driving or prior convictions for driving whilst suspended or disqualified. The risk of imprisonment often increases with relevant prior convictions.
Other Driving and Traffic Offences
We also represent persons charged with other serious offences including culpable driving, dangerous driving, hoon driving, and a range of other traffic offences.