Dangerous Driving, Fail to Report Damage, and Other Charges

This is a case study on driving charges resulting in a moderate financial penalty and minimum license suspension.

What is alleged to have occured?
The client was driving with a passenger in his car, exceeding the speed limited by a considerable amount. He was cutting across all lanes and zigzagging back again, before mounting the gutter, and colliding with a bus shelter.

Following the collision, both he and the passenger fled the scene. His car was impounded. The client attended the police station several days later to report the incident. He was charged with:

The client was in his early 20’s. He had no prior criminal or driving history.

What happened at court?
Submissions were made to the Magistrate about how at that time in his life, he was acting recklessly, due to a number of traumatic incidents that had occurred to him in the preceding years which effected his behaviour. Since the accident, he had taken stock of his life, and utilised the support of his family to turn things around.

Kristina Kothrakis represented our client at the Dandenong Magistrates’ Court.

The charges of Failed to turn left at a turn left only sign, Turned right in a hook turn only lane and Drive in a bicycle lane were withdrawn and the matter proceeded as a plea of one charge of dangerous driving, and one of failing to report damage.

We presented the Magistrate with numerous character references from the client’s family members and his employer to support the submission.

What was the result?
The Magistrate was persuaded to not exceed the minimum 6 month licence suspension, and imposed a moderate fine.

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 25/02/2013