How to get a Section 10 for mid-range drink driving in NSW
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If you have been charged by Police, you will likely be querying
how to get a section 10 for mid-range drink driving in NSW.
The prospect of attending Court, receiving a criminal conviction
and losing your driving license can seem daunting. This can have
consequences for your career as well as family
While avoiding a criminal conviction for a mid-range PCA offence
is not easy, the below guide will provide assistance with how to
keep your driver license.
What is Mid-Range Drink Driving?
The offence of mid range drink driving is committed by a person
who drives a motor vehicle on a public road with a blood alcohol
concentration between 0.08 to 0.149.
The offence is set out in
Section 110(4) the Road Transport Act 2013
Mid-Range Drink Driving First Offence NSW
The penalties for a mid-range drink driving first offence in NSW
is an automatic disqualification period, a fine of $3,300.00 and 9
A person who commits this offence will also be subject to a
mandatory interlock order. This involves a disqualification of
between 3 months to 6 months. You will then be required to comply
with the interlock licence program for 12 months. In some
situations, the Court can make an interlock
exemption in NSW.
A Section 10 is an order by the Court dismissing a charge
without recording a conviction.
The Court has the power under
Section 10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999
(NSW) to make such an order.
If the Court can be persuaded to exercise this power, this is
known as ‘getting a Section 10.’
This will mean that you will not receive a conviction for the
drink driving offence and you will also not lose your license.
Unsurprisingly, this is an outcome that most people seek.
However, it is only reserved for offences that are not serious, or
where there are some extenuating circumstances around the offending
or your subjective case.
Steps to Get a Section 10 for Mid-Range Drink Driving NSW
To get a mid-range drink driving NSW section 10, you will need
to take the following steps:
- Retain an
experienced drink driving lawyer with a proven track record of
achieving similar results. You can view some recent cases where
mid-range PCA charges have been dismissed by
- Providing evidence of any extenuating circumstances which
explain the offence. This will also need to be presented to the
Court in a persuasive manner;
- Preparing documentary evidence directly relevant to the factors
under Section 10. This is usually in the form of character
references, affidavits, photographs, expert medical reports, travel
itineraries, visa requirements, eligibility requirements for your
profession and awards you have received;
- Completing the Traffic Offender Program (TOP). There are a
number of these programs that can be done either in person or
online. A specialist solicitor can direct you to the most suitable
program for you and also help you enrol in it;
- Having a good driving history, or being able to explain any
previous infringements or offences;
- Pleading guilty at the earliest opportunity. This will entitle
you to a discount of 25%;
- Where appropriate, negotiating with prosecutors to amend the
Police Facts so that it minimises your offending and is
- Negotiating the charges in a plea deal with the Police. For
example, Police may accept a plea of guilty to a low range drink
driving offence and withdraw the mid range drink driving
- Having family members or friends present with you in Court.
This may not always be possible where there are limits to how many
people are allowed in a courtroom.
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