Dangerous Driving, Careless Driving – Good Behaviour Bond

This is a case study on Dangerous and Careless Driving charges resulting in a good behaviour bond without conviction.

What is alleged to have occured?
The client was involved in a “road rage” type incident, where he was observed braking heavily and driving erratically.

Police charged him with dangerous driving (which carries a mandatory minimum 6 months licence loss) as well as careless driving.

He had prior convictions for the same offence.

What happened at court?
We represented the client at the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court.

Successful negotiations with the police informant had the charge reduced to one of careless driving, on the proviso that the client complete an anger management course. This meant the Magistrate would not be required to remove his driver’s licence from him, but could do so in exercising his discretion.

What was the result?
The Magistrate was persuaded to place the client on a good behaviour bond, because he had completed an anger management program which addressed the behaviour underlying his offending.

No conviction was recorded.

Despite the client’s poor driving record, the Magistrate also did not take the client’s licence, which is significant considering he is the sole owner and operator of a small business.
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