I've recently went off the road after having a few beers and the police found me on the side of the road and ended up

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Customer: Hi I've recently went off the road after having a few beers and the police found me on the side of the road and ended up getting done for drink driving. Which I blew .585 on, was wondering if there would be any ways I could avoid getting D.I.C from it..
JA: Have DUI charges been filed? If so, when's the next court date?
Customer: Ugh I've been given the first court date, which is on the 17th of july
JA: Where are you located? DUI laws vary by state.
Customer: Kerikeri / Northland
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: First offence, had 4 pints over 3h and was distracted kore than drunk.. which wouldnt sound better anyway but just facts
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I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellington and will help you with your question today. Please give me a minute to read the question

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Unfortunately it will be inevitable that you will be convicted because once you are over the limit, then the police will bring the prosecution to court. These are difficult to defend because it is almost automatic that once you are over the limit, that you will be charged and taken to court. I expect your concern is that you will lose your license. Normally for a first offence you would be disqualified from driving for six months and get a fine in the range of $500-$1500 or thereabouts. If you need your license for your work, you have to have a standdown period of the month before you can apply for a work licence. I expect that where you are in Northland, you will need a license, so you may need to see a local lawyer to help you get the work licence

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That's gutting.. I mean I was expecting to lose my license regardless, but was hoping for it to be 3 months rather than 6.. would there be any chance of reaching for 3 months disqualification in any ways? Also I am yet to get my citizenship in NZ so how much of an impact will DIC have on that.. and will I have to apply for the citizenship with my family or will I be able to do that on my own at another time since I'm over 18 years old? Cheers ***** ***** answer.
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The statutory minimum is 6 months, which cannot be reduced. This will have an effect on your citizenship application but probably will not be something more than an explanation needed. You can apply for citizenship on your own but need to have been resident for 5 years
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That's unfortunate.. so whether you blow .401 or .599, the punishment would be the same? Or even 600+ apart from the fact that your license gets suspended for 28 days on the spot? Thank you for clarifying everything
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All who are convicted get disqualified and it is a minimum of 6 months. So higher readings could get longer and the fines would also be greater
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