Assault, Weapon, Drug, and Driving Offences – CCO and Fine, No Conviction

police-driver-roadOur client was charged with various offences ranging from reckless conduct endangering life, drugs and weapons charges, to other serious traffic offences. On a second brief, he was also charged with burglary and several other property offences. All these offences predated our client’s first court appearance for a drug offence and he had no other pending offences. Two of the Police briefs were also the subject of extensive negotiations.

Overall, he charges he faced were:

  • Reckless conduct endangering life
  • Reckless conduct endangering serious injury
  • Possess drug of dependence
  • Possess prohibited weapon
  • Exceed speed limit
  • Driving when directed to stop by Police
  • Dangerous driving
  • Drive unregistered motor vehicle
  • Fraudulently using an identifying number
  • Fail to display P plates

Shaun Pascoe represented our client at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court.

Extensive negotiations with the Police Prosecutors were made over several contest mentions. Of the 25 criminal charges to our client, half were withdrawn. Serious indictable charges were withdrawn such as Reckless conduct endangering life, Reckless conduct endangering serious injury, and Burglary. Submissions were also directed to the offences that had occurred before our client’s first Court appearance, and that he has taken constructive positive steps towards his rehabilitation, including seeing a drug counsellor. Our client’s mother also attended Court and gave direct evidence to the Magistrate that our client has disassociated himself from a negative peer group and was focusing his efforts on getting back to work.

After entering a plea of guilty to some of the charges, the client was without conviction placed on a Community Corrections Order. The conditions of the CCO included a number of hours of unpaid work over this period as well as drug counselling and drug testing. He was also issued a fine and his licence was disqualified for the offence of dangerous driving for the statutory minimum period of 6 months.


Shaun PascoeShaun Pascoe

Shaun is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist and a partner of the firm. Shaun runs the Heidelberg branch of Doogue + George.

He is an experienced criminal law solicitor and works hard to achieve the best possible outcomes for his clients. Shaun handles indictable and summary criminal offences and is an expert at criminal defence for both contested and non-contested cases.

Visit Shaun's profile to read more about his background and experience.

DISCLAIMER: This is a real case study of an actual case from our files. Details pertaining to the client have been changed to protect their privacy. The sentence imposed and the charge have not been altered. These case studies are published to demonstrate real outcomes and give an indication of possible tariffs in Court. We do not guarantee a similar case on these charges will get the same result. Please note that we post results at our discretion, therefore while many case studies are average results, others are notable for their exceptional outcomes. PUBLISHED 25/02/2013