Drive While Impaired by Drugs – Good Behaviour Bond

The client had been pulled over for a random roadside drug test, testing positive for methamphetamine.

What is alleged to have occured?
The client instructed that she was not a drug taker, but she had been, in fact, abusing diet pills and taking them indiscriminately. The pills were obtained from overseas and did not always comply with Australian standards.

The client was a lady in her early 40’s, who had unfortunately suffered a great deal of trauma in her life, mainly surrounding a near death car accident, which took 8 years of physical rehabilitation to overcome. She was rendered unable to exercise to the level required to maintain her preferred weight. She then started to abuse diet pills in order to achieve her weight goals.

What happened at court?
Our client was charged with Drive while impaired by drugs and Kristina Kothrakis represented her at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

We provided the Magistrate with evidence of her car accident, and other references to substantiate the instructions provided. The offending occurred prior to the introduction of laws mandating licence suspensions for drug driving offences. The Magistrate ultimately formed the view that in these circumstances, her moral culpability was reduced.

What was the result?
There client was placed on a Good Behaviour Bond, with no conviction recorded and no effect on her 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