Careless Driving – Fine

This is a case study on Careless Driving resulting in a financial penalty.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client had got into his car after work. He reversed his car, and at that moment was blinded by bright sunlight. He proceeded to reverse, and while doing so accidentally drove into another parked car where a person was trying to enter her vehicle. She was pinned between her door and her car and broke her pelvis in multiple places. She could not work for three months and required extensive physiotherapy.

The client was charged with Careless Driving.

What happened at court?
Kristina Kothrakis provided criminal defence for the accused. The matter proceeded as a plea of guilty to a charge of Careless Driving and was heard at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court.

Due to the level of injury, the matter was quite serious. Our client was incredibly remorseful for his conduct, which was compounded due to the fact that he and the victim are colleagues. He made numerous enquires as to her well-being and reported the matter himself to police. Character reference material was submitted which supported the submissions that were being made.

What was the result?
The magistrate accepted that the collision was caused by a momentary lapse in concentration, made worse due to the bright sunlight which obscured his vision. Our client was concerned about losing his licence. The magistrate was persuaded to deal with the matter by imposing a fine and licence suspension was ordered by the Court.

Kristina KothrakisKristina Kothrakis

Kristina has significant experience in criminal trials and also holds a degree in Science, majoring in Psychology, an invaluable area of knowledge, as many of her clients suffer from psychological disorders.

Kristina strives to achieve the best possible result for all her clients. Skilled, decisive and assertive, Kristina demonstrates dedication, care and professionalism at all times.

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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 05/10/2016