Penalties

In Victoria, the first drink driving Melbourne offence is dealt with by the police by issuing a traffic infringement notice. The drink driver may pay the fine indicated or elect to have the matter heard in court. An individual has 28 days to make this election, as on the 29th day, the offence will automatically come into effect and be recorded on your record.

It should be noted that the only way to avoid a period of suspension, is to plead not guilty and be acquitted of the offence, as there are mandatory minimum suspension periods the Magistrate must abide by if guilty.

The usual penalties for drink driving Melbourne offences are a fine, demerit points against the driver’s license, suspension or cancellation of the license and disqualification from driving for a period to be determined by the court.