The client had extensive priors for driving offences including driving whilst disqualified, drink driving and speeding. In the past he had served periods of actual imprisonment for driving offences. In the Magistrates’ Court on a plea to two counts of driving whilst disqualified he was sentenced to serve one month of imprisonment.
The client had been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder after his last release from custody and began receiving treatment that stabilised his life.
The new offences occurred in a period where he was still trying different medications and was not completely stabilised. Josh Taaffe was able to demonstrate that the past offending had occurred in the presence of an untreated psychiatric condition and the present offences had occurred whilst that condition was not stabilised.
We appealed the result and were successful in the Melbourne County Court, ultimately receiving a sentence of 3 months wholly suspended for 12 months. The suspended sentence was imposed in recognition of the fact that the client’s prospects of rehabilitation had improved with the diagnosis of his condition.
As an instructing solicitor Josh has specialised in handling complex matters, such as murder and terrorism trials, including State and Commonwealth Supreme Court trials. Josh is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist.
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