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Being charged for driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offence in Singapore. Being charged with this offence could mean that you may be sentenced with a fine or even a jail term, often the consequence of being charged will affect your life and your loved ones.  At Emerald Law our Criminal Defence Lawyers will do their best to help you. Speak to us today so that we can assist you and your loved ones from being affected.

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Criminal Offence: Drink Driving

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What constitutes as drink driving under the law?

Under the law it is an offence to drive or attempt to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Under the current regime, harsher sentences are meted out for repeat offenders who drive under the influence. This is in line with the government’s objective to eradicate these types of irresponsible behaviour from road users. The prescribed alcohol limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millimetres of breath and/or 80 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millimetres of blood

What is a safe amount to drink to avoid this offence?

As subjective factors such as your gender, weight and metabolism rate contribute to how rapidly your body processes the alcohol that you consume, there is therefore no definitive way to say what is a safe amount that you can drink and then drive. As a general rule of thumb, it is advised that if you are driving, you should either hail a cab and or get a grab. 

What is the punishment for drink driving?

For repeat offenders (second timers and above) the punishment is a fine of between $5,000 to $20,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years. The law also stipulates that repeat offenders may be disqualified from driving for a minimum term of 5 years.

For first timers the punishment is a fine ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 or to an imprisonment for a term not exceeding 1 year and a driving disqualification for a minimum term of 2 years.

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Do the Police require a warrant to ask you to take a test?

Under the law, the police do not require a warrant to require you to take a breathalyser test and/or arrest you if they have reason to believe that you are under the influence of alcohol. Therefore, unless you have a reasonable excuse to refuse taking the breathalyser test, you must comply with the police when ordered to take a breathalyser test.

If you fail to comply with the police officer’s request for you to take the breathalyser test without any reasonable excuse, you may also be found guilty of an offence and be punished with a fine of a minimum $1,000 and to a maximum of $5,000 or up to imprisonment for a term of up to 6 months.

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Egregious Acts that may lead to additional penalties

Drivers should also take note that if they are driving under the influence and they are found to be driving in a manner that was deemed to be dangerous or careless driving, they will be liable for additional charges which will result in additional penalties. 

The additional penalties will include a higher quantum of fine, longer imprisonment term and a longer disqualification from driving. Further, if any harm is caused to another road user, the driver will face a minimum mandatory imprisonment term of between 1 to 5 years. The sentence is doubled for repeat offenders.

In cases where a fatality is caused by a person who is drink driving, the person will be liable to a minimum imprisonment term of between 2 to 8 years. Similarly, the punishment is doubled to between 4 to 16 years imprisonment term for repeat offenders.

Furthermore, any disqualification from driving as mentioned above will only commence on the date that you have finished serving your imprisonment term. 

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How can we help?

In the event that you have already been charged in Court, you may seek legal advice on the best option for you to take. We will also assist in writing letters of representation for you to the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

If you wish to plead guilty to the offence, we will assist in preparing your mitigation and submission on sentence.

Please do not hesitate to contact us and we will see to your case. 

In Singapore the offence of driving under the influence of alcohol OR drugs is a crime. 

With our wealth of experience in handling criminal defence matters, we can help you navigate through the criminal justice process in the smoothest manner and with a goal of preserving your interest as best as possible. 

 

Our Lawyers will do their best to mitigate any sentence that will be made against you thus allowing you to move forward in life with the least amount of effect from this sentence. 

If you are found guilty for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (or both), the sentence for a first time offender is typically a fine between S$1,000 to S$5,000.00 and/or a jail term of up to 6 months.

It is important to note that if the charges against you are more serious and if you are a 2nd time offender the fine and the jail term will be longer. You may also have your driving licence revoked. 

If your case is not handled professionally, you may be sentenced to jail. Once sentenced this will be on your record. However the real effect of such a sentence will be felt by your loved ones and your family. With such a record it may also affect your employment in Singapore.

Under the road traffic act in Singapore, the police can require you to take a breathalyser test, however in our experience we've found that there may be complications in obtaining the result that could assist you in your case. It is best to contact us so that we may review your case and advise you. 

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