Dangerous Driving, Exceed Speed Limit – Fine, No Conviction

driving-pulled-overOur client was charged with Dangerous Driving (driving more than 70km/hr over speed limit) and Exceed Speed Limit (Road Rule 20 of the Road Rules). His vehicle was impounded for 30 days as a result of the offences and he was required to pay over $700 to have the vehicle released. He had 2 passengers in his vehicle at the time.

Our client had no prior court history (traffic or criminal priors) and was gainfully employed and held a responsible position as an engineer for a major car brand.

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

Our client received a without conviction fine and the Magistrate did not exceed the minimum statutory period of 12 months.

Exceptional plea material was obtained from our client which indicated a high level of insight into the dangers of his use of the vehicle on the day in question. He attended the Road Trauma awareness course and provided a heartfelt apology to the Court for his conduct. He also produced several excellent character references attesting to his industry at work and his good character.

Importantly, through a process of negotiations with the prosecution, we were able to have the offence of dangerous driving withdrawn, thereby enhancing our chances of securing a without conviction outcome.

Our client was a young man with a promising future and so he was particularly pleased to avoid a conviction for this offence.


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