Culpable Driving Causing Death – Not Guilty

This is a case study on a charge of Culpable Driving Causing Death resulting in a “not guilty” verdict.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client was facing a charge of Culpable Driving Causing Death at the Melbourne County Court following a road accident involving an elderly person.

She was driving her car within the speed limit when the elderly person walked out into the road in front of her, was hit by the car, and got killed. The prosecution’s allegation was that our client’s car was not in proper condition – specifically, that the brakes were faulty.

What happened at court?
Bill Doogue provided legal representation for the client. It was proven that not long prior to the incident, our client actually had her car checked by a mechanic and the brakes fixed.

What was the result?
Our client was found not guilty of the Culpable Driving Causing Death charge filed against her.

Bill DoogueBill Doogue

Bill has been an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist for over 17 years and a criminal defence lawyer for over 25 years.

Bill specialises in defending corporate crime cases and defending serious sexual offences charges. Bill has expertly and successfully defended high profile, high-pressure cases and is highly respected by the Courts, police and his peers. Bill runs the Melbourne office and enjoys his involvement in advising on the higher level strategy that should be used to defend cases.

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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 20/03/2020