Driving Whilst License Disqualified, Plea of Guilty in Magistrates Court

Shaun Pascoe was briefed to appear for a client to enter a plea of guilty at the Sunshine Magistrates Court to several charges of Drive Whilst License disqualified. The law currently provides that a Magistrate must impose a term of imprisonment for a subsequent drive whilst license suspended/disqualified offence. Shaun’s client had 7 prior offences for drive whilst license disqualified, and he received a term of imprisonment (to be served in the community, an ICO) for his last offence of drive whilst license disqualified.

As at the date of the hearing at Sunshine Magistrates Court, he was a 24 married, with a son of 2 years, and his wife, pregnant with their 2nd child. Shaun Pascoe successfully argued that notwithstanding his poor driving history, that his client be given yet another opportunity to avoid jail, because of his client’s personal circumstances, and the impact incarceration would have on his family. His client received a wholly suspended sentence, and a CBO to perform 25 hours unpaid community work over 4 months.


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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.

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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