Driving Offences Guilty Plea – Community Corrections Order and Licence Cancellation

Our client was charged with several motor vehicle offences. She pleaded guilty to Reckless conduct endangering serious injury and drink driving (Exceed PCA s. 49(1)(f)). She was charged with having a blood alcohol of over 0.2% and it was alleged she had her son in the car as a passenger. The Prosecution also alleged erratic driving and a near miss with a telephone pole.

Overall, the charges she faced were:

  • Reckless conduct endanger serious injury
  • Dangerous driving
  • DUI
  • Exceed PCA 49(1)(b)
  • Exceed PCA 49(1)(f)

Shaun Pascoe represented our client at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court.

Our client had no prior court history. She had a long standing psychiatric illness and had taken appropriate steps post-offence to rehabilitate. She was also experiencing a sustained episode of depression following the breakdown of a relationship.

Strong material in mitigation was tendered including a psychiatric report and several references from family.

Our client avoided an immediate custodial sentence. After entering a plea of guilty to reckless conduct endangering serious injury and Exceed PCA, she was placed without conviction on a Community Corrections Order and her licence was disqualified for a period of 24 months.


Shaun PascoeShaun Pascoe

Shaun is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist and a partner of the firm. Shaun runs the Heidelberg branch of Doogue + George.

He is an experienced criminal law solicitor and works hard to achieve the best possible outcomes for his clients. Shaun handles indictable and summary criminal offences and is an expert at criminal defence for both contested and non-contested cases.

Visit Shaun's profile to read more about his background and experience.

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