Diversion for Careless Driving

This is a case study on a sentence of diversion for Careless Driving.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client was charged with a traffic offence following an accident where she ran into the back of another vehicle which caused it to collide with the vehicle in front. It was alleged she had told the police that she looked down at her lap momentarily prior to running into the back of the person in front. The traffic was heavy and the accident occurred on a road the client drives daily.

What happened at court?
Amelia Ramsay represented the client at the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court on a charge of Careless Driving.

We negotiated with the police prosecutors and sought a recommendation for diversion. Diversion is not often given in driving matters because the view is that driving offences do not affect your daily life. However, our client was studying law and a driving record may affect her ability to get a practising certificate. Therefore, the lowest possible outcome was needed in this instance.

What was the result?
The prosecutor ultimately agreed to recommend our client for diversion for the Careless Driving offence. At a subsequent hearing, we successfully convinced the magistrate that she was appropriate for the diversion program.

Amelia RamsayAmelia Ramsay

Admitted to practice in 2013, Amelia performs her work with care and professionalism ensuring clients understand the Court process, their charges and that they receive the best possible outcome.

Since joining Doogue + George, Amelia has represented clients in a broad range of indictable offences including, manslaughter (one-punch laws), foreign incursion and terrorism related offences, importation of drugs, cultivation of drugs, and sexual offences. Her work has included trials in the County and Supreme Court, plea hearings and contested committals as well as appeals to the Court of Appeal. Amelia works closely with barristers including briefing Queen’s and Senior Counsel. Amelia also appears regularly at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court and suburban courts as a solicitor advocate.

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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 28/05/2018