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Understanding Drink Driving Charges in Bathurst & the Central West

A night out with friends, a celebratory toast, or an unexpected detour after work – sometimes, even a single drink can lead to a situation with life-altering consequences, a drink driving charge. If you find yourself facing this situation in Bathurst or the Central West of NSW, don’t navigate the legal landscape alone. Cunninghams Law Practice is here to guide you through the complexities of drink driving charges and protect your rights.

Understanding the Charges

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Drink driving offences in NSW range from minor to serious, depending on the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) reading. These include:

  • Driving with Low-Range PCA: BAC between 0.05 and 0.08. This carries a minimum fine and loss of licence.
  • Driving with Mid-Range PCA: BAC between 0.08 and 0.15. This can result in significant fines, licence disqualification, and even imprisonment.
  • Driving with High-Range PCA: BAC exceeding 0.15. This is a serious offence with substantial penalties, including lengthy licence disqualification and potential jail time.

Seeking Legal Help

Facing a drink driving charge can be overwhelming. Cunninghams Law Practice understands the emotional and legal complexities involved. Our experienced team will:

  • Explain the charges you face and your legal options.
  • Gather evidence and build a strong defence on your behalf.
  • Represent you in court and negotiate with prosecutors.
  • Advise you on the potential consequences and strive for the best possible outcome.

Early Intervention is Key

The sooner you seek legal counsel, the better. Contacting Cunninghams Law Practice immediately after a drink driving charge allows us to:

  • Gather crucial evidence, such as witness statements or dashcam footage.
  • Negotiate with police before charges are formally laid, potentially leading to a less serious offence.
  • Prepare a comprehensive defence strategy to increase your chances of a favourable outcome.

Beyond the Legal Battle

Cunninghams Law Practice recognises that drink driving charges can have far-reaching consequences beyond the courtroom. We can also assist you with:

  • Understanding the impact on your driver’s licence and potential reinstatement options.
  • Accessing counselling and support services to address underlying issues.
  • Navigating the social and personal ramifications of the charge.


  • Do not drive under the influence of alcohol.
  • If you are pulled over, cooperate with police but do not answer any questions beyond identification.
  • Seek legal advice immediately if you receive a drink driving charge.

Cunninghams Law Practice is committed to providing compassionate and effective legal representation for drink driving charges throughout Bathurst and the Central West. Contact us today for a confidential consultation and let us guide you through this challenging time. Email or call us on (02) 6332 9591, to book an appointment.

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