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Drunk Driving Attorney South Africa - Understanding DUI and Legal Consequences in South Africa

Driving under the influence (DUI) or drunk driving is a serious offense in South Africa, where strict legal limits are enforced to maintain road safety.


The legal blood alcohol limit is set at 0.05g per 100ml, with a breath alcohol content limit of 0.24mg per 1000ml.


It's important to note that the law defines a 'mode of transport' as any vehicle, which includes not only cars but also bicycles, forklifts, and mule carts.

So, how much is too much? Surprisingly, even two beers or a double tot can push you over the legal limit, despite not feeling intoxicated.

The legal consequences of DUI can be severe. If you are stopped at a roadblock and found to be driving under the influence, here's what you can expect:

  1. Arrest and Charges: You will be arrested and charged with DUI.

  2. Custody and Bail: You will be detained until you can post bail. It is advisable to seek the assistance of a DUI attorney or bail lawyer to navigate this process.

  3. Fines and Sentencing: Depending on your previous convictions and any extenuating circumstances, you may face fines of up to R2,000, a two-year prison sentence, or both.

  4. Driver's License: Your driver's license may be suspended, with varying durations based on the number of DUI offenses:​

    • First-time offenders: Suspension for at least six months

    • Second-time offenders: Suspension for five years

    • Third-time offenders: Suspension for at least 10 year

Leoni Naude Inc is your trusted source for expert legal assistance in DUI cases.


If you've been arrested for driving under the influence or believe you've been treated unfairly or unlawfully, our experienced team can provide the guidance and representation you need.

Contact Leoni Naude Inc at 071 863 8216 or send an email to to discuss your DUI case.


We are dedicated to defending your rights and ensuring the best possible outcome for your situation.

Tel: 010 140 5775                            Cell: 071 863 8216                Email Us:

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