Drug Driving Consequences: Penalties, Fines, Imprisonment & Cancelled Licence

The penalties for drug driving can be very harsh, as Victoria has some of the toughest mandatory penalties for drug driving offences in Australia.

Consequences of drug driving can include fines, community corrections orders and loss of licence. People with a prior for a drink driving offence or a current DUI offence can also be sentenced to jail or have their car impounded. The loss of licence/disqualifications can also be very lengthy (at least 6 months).

The flow on consequences for drug driving can be even more severe. Losing a licence can have an impact on your employment and family and the ongoing toll of not having a licence can often be a worse punishment then paying a significant fine.

The maximum available sentences will only be imposed in the most severe of cases. So even though jail might be available as a maximum sentence, that doesn’t automatically mean that you will go to jail.

There are a number of factors which contribute to the penalty you are likely to receive for your drug driving offence. These include:

  • The type of offence
  • The date you committed the offence
  • Your age at the time of the offence
  • Whether you held a full or probationary licence
  • Whether it is your first or subsequent offence
  • The type of drug found in your system
  • Whether you are facing other charges as well (such as having a car accident or speeding)
  • Whether your pleaded guilty early, or whether you were found guilty by a Magistrate

Contact a lawyer to get advice about your particular case, they will be able to advise you of the likely penalty you will face.