If your blood alcohol reading is 0.15 grams of alcohol or over, the police cannot issue you with a traffic infringement notice and will list the charge in the Magistrates’ Court. In this case, your case will be listed in court, or you will be issued a traffic infringement notice.
If you are issued with an infringement notice, you have 28 days to object before the infringement takes effect, and:
- Your licence is cancelled
- You are disqualified from driving for the mandatory minimum period
- You have to pay the fine.
If you object, the police may charge you with an offence. For some blood alcohol readings, the mandatory minimum period of suspension may be higher if you object to an infringement notice and you are found guilty or plead guilty at court.
If your blood alcohol reading is 0.15 grams of alcohol or over, the police cannot issue you with a traffic infringement notice and will charge you instead.
If the police charge you, they will normally issue a document known as a charge sheet and summons, which they must do within 12 months after the date they alleged you committed the offence. Ordinarily, you will receive this via mail to your address.