Drive Disqualified – Suspended Sentence

The client was pulled over whilst driving on a disqualified licence. His licence had been disqualified for 8 years in 2005 on a drink driving charge. The client was driving a work vehicle and had other staff members on board. He instructed that he normally makes arrangements for another employee to drive to and from work sites, and that he had only driven a very short distance to inspect a strange noise the car was making.

The client had an extensive driving history including multiple drive disqualified priors, and drink drive priors. This was the first charge of driving whilst disqualified since the extremely lengthy disqualification imposed in 2005. His life had changed dramatically since 2005. He had ceased his work as a life guard after 20 years, become a father, and started working with special needs children.

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

We were able to provide the Court with references from previous employers and friends who attested to the significant changes he had made.

The Magistrate was persuaded not to impose an immediate gaol term and the client was sentenced to a period of 2 months, wholly suspended for 6 months.

There was also no order made against his licence.


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