Drive Whilst Suspended and Drive Unregistered Motor Vehicle
This is a case study on Drive Whilst Suspended and Drive Unregistered Motor Vehicle resulting in a fine and without further licence suspension.
Our client was charged with a number of driving offences including Driving While Suspended. His main concern was not losing his licence again. Following the offence date, the client had been able to complete the remainder of his suspension without issue.
Amelia Ramsay acted on the client’s behalf at the Moorabbin Justice Centre. The charges were:
- Drive Whilst Suspended
- Drive Unregistered Motor Vehicle
Where a client is charged with Driving While Suspended, it is common for the magistrate to look at the date when they had been first suspended to the date when they were caught driving, and assume that they continued to drive during that period. The magistrate will then further suspend the client for that period to ensure that they serve the time off the road. In this case, that period was 2 weeks.
The matter was listed for first mention. We conducted a case conference negotiation with the prosecution who unfortunately refused to withdraw the charges. The prosecutor believed that although the mistakes were honest, they were however not reasonable. We made significant submissions to the magistrate regarding the client’s personal circumstances and the reasons why he should not be further suspended.
Amelia was able to persuade the magistrate not to impose any further suspension. A plea was entered and the client was sentenced to a financial penalty for both the charges of Drive Whilst Suspended and Drive Unregistered Motor Vehicle.
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.
Check out Amelia's profile to know more about her legal background and specialisations.
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 04/06/2018