Drive While Suspended – Fine, No Further Licence Suspension

This is a case study on a charge of Drive Whilst Suspended resulting in a financial penalty but with no order against licence.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client was suspended for driving as a result of demerit point offences. He, however, drove his vehicle to work after missing public transport. He was caught by the police and was charged with Drive while suspended.

What happened at court?
We represented the client at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

Our client had never been caught before and was quite nervous about his appearance. The big risk was that he would lose his license for an additional period because of his offending during the course of a suspension period. The loss of license had caused significant inconvenience and financial loss due to problems commuting to and from work.

We met with the client on multiple occasions to guide him through the court process and to prepare the matter. We had the client obtain character references and a thorough plea was put in mitigation.

What was the result?
After hearing the submissions, the Magistrate imposed a fine but did not suspend his license for an additional period.

The client was very happy with the result.
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 10/03/2015