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I have been caught drink driving and blew 460... I don't

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Hi. I have been caught drink driving and blew 460... I don't want my license to be disqualified and be convicted criminal charges against me as i will loose my job and will not be able to support family and pay mortgage. Can you help me out here please?
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: New Zealand Law
Expert:  Chris The Lawyer replied 7 months ago.

That is not too far over the limit but disqualification is compulsory. You can get a limited licence to drive for work, and I can suggest what to do if that is an option. Are you a NZ citizen or here on a visa?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Hi Chris. I'm a new zealand residence and applied for citizen about 6 weeks ago.I have called in sick the day I was caught. If my employer knows this I will loose my job. Our code of conduct states zero tolerance for alcohol and drug free at work. How do I apply for limited license? Do I need to get a letter from the company? What is the minimum period of disqualification? Can the court only give me month license off as this is my first one...?Thanks
Expert:  Chris The Lawyer replied 7 months ago.
If you were not at work that should not mean you lose your job, but they may ask why you were drinking while on a sick day. The minimum period is six months with a one month stand down before you can apply. So there will be difficult issues. You may need a lawyer for sentence and limited licence
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
That night I didn't call in sick. Actually when I got caught then I called I'm sick. I was too distorted and stressed out.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I'm just too scared to tell my employer. Should I be telling this...? Is it necessary to tell my employer? Will they be able to find it out...
Expert:  Chris The Lawyer replied 7 months ago.

Your employer may well find out although the court doesnt tell them. It is a public court and sometimes this is published. I think in this situation you should instruct a lawyer however

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