Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is a serious offence in NSW. The Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW report:
"Drink driving is a factor in about one in every five crashes in NSW where someone loses their life. Of the people who are killed, 88 per cent are men and 75 per cent are under the age of 40. You don’t have to be drunk to be affected by alcohol. You might feel normal but no one drives as well after drinking alcohol. Since the introduction of RBT in 1982, fatal crashes involving alcohol have dropped from 40 per cent of all fatalities to the current level of 19 per cent. Last year police conducted 3.4 million breath tests in NSW." (RTA Website)
If you have been charged with drink driving, chances are you are facing a minimum statutory period of disqualification. A period of disqualification of ones licence can have serious remifications for many people in both their working and home life.
To acheive the best possible result on your day in Court you need advice and representation from an experienced practitioner.
Matthew Barnes is experienced in Drink Driving matters, he has achieved great results in almost every court in the region.
In 2011 a young man sought our advice after being charged with high range drink driving for the second time. The client had a poor record when it came to driving under the influence of alcohol however this was exacerbated by unresolved metal health issues. The clients record showed a number of offences over the past 5 years covering all ranges of drink driving. He was facing a period of incarceration.
We sought out a clinical psychologist to treat our client and provided a report to the court explaining the link between his health and his offending.
After vigorous defence, Matthew Barnes achieved an excellent result for our client, allowing him to avoid the prison system and continue on with his treatment.