How to Write an Apology Letter for Drink Driving Offences

Where you intend to plead guilty or the court finds you guilty for a drink driving offence, a well written letter of apology for the Judge to read can significantly improve your sentence outcome.

Sample apology letter if charged with a drink driving offence

Typed letterhead here i.e. GHI Pty Ltd
To: The Presiding Local Court Magistrate or District Court Judge
Name the specific court I.e. Liverpool Local Court (
Your Honour,


Yours faithfully.
Print your name here


Basic rules about apology letters

  • Keep the length of your apology letter to one page. Magistrates and Judges have many cases to get through in a day. You will likely get a better response if your apology letter is on point and succinct.
  • It is recommended to type your apology letter with a date and signature.
  • Give the Judge or Magistrate the signed and dated original letter, not a copy.
  • Ensure your apology letter makes sense when reading it. Check for any spelling or grammatical errors and avoid saying irrelevant things. It is recommended to have an experienced criminal defence lawyer ( to review it.
  • Avoid using anyone else’s words. Use your own words and sentences to communicate what you’re saying.
  • Refer to the Judge or Magistrate as “Your Honour”.

What to avoid saying in an apology letter

  • Do not tell the Judge or Magistrate what to do or how to do their job. For example, avoid saying, “I should not go to jail for this”, or “I deserve a section 10 dismissal or Conditional Release Order without conviction”.
  • Do not provide excuses for your offending conduct. Remember, you have pleaded guilty or been found guilty. Avoid shifting blame to anyone other than yourself. Giving excuses or shifting blame will show a lack of insight and remorse, and this will likely result in a heavier sentence.
  • Do not copy other people’s words or sentences. A Judge or Magistrate will likely be able to tell whether your apology letter is original or a copy of someone else.

How to start your sentence

  • I have reflected on my drink driving offence and assure you that I will never repeat it…
  • After thinking about my conduct, I acknowledge that it is a serious offence and understand that it caused/could have caused significant harm to other road users and myself…
  • I experienced tremendous shame after disclosing my drink driving offence to those close to me…
  • After attending and completing the traffic offenders program/alcohol counselling, I have learned/realised…

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