If you have a prior conviction for a drunk driving related offence, then the penalties are harsh indeed. In some cases, your driver’s licence can be canceled for a minimum period of 3 years or until further order.
The above relates only to those people who hold a full drivers licence. Different criteria apply to those who hold a provisional, or probationary licence, or learner’s permit. Different criteria also apply to those carrying passengers such as taxi drivers and bus drivers.
It is important to remember that the above licence disqualifications cannot be reduced unless your offence is a first offence and it is considered to be ‘trifling’. A special legal definition applies to the term ‘trifling’. Please enquire with us if there is something unusual or atypical about your matter. Reduced penalties also apply if you can show that you consumed alcohol after the time of driving, but before being tested by the police, but these cases are rare and there are many exceptions. Further, you cannot get a licence to drive during your employment or during other specified circumstances.
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