Drug Driving and Other Charges – Good Behaviour Bond

This is a case study on drug driving and other traffic offences resulting in a good behaviour bond with no order against licence.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client was a truck driver who was charged with drug driving following a drug test administered by the highway patrol. He had failed to properly complete his log book and when he was pulled over, the truck was searched and amphetamines were discovered in a false bottomed bottle inside his fridge. He was subjected to a drug test and tested positive for amphetamine.

What happened at court?
We acted on the client’s behalf at the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court. Overall, the charges he faced were:

  • Drive While Impaired By Drugs
  • Exceed PC Drugs – 49(1)(h)
  • Fail to Record Time and Place of Rest/Rest Change
  • Possess Drug of Dependence
We made submissions to the court detailing how our client had previously suffered an illness for a period of 6 months. The magistrate acknowledged that the use of drugs was for overcoming fatigue related to the illness, and not a sign of a persistent drug problem. We also pointed out how a loss of licence could tremendously affect our client’s employment and his ability to support his family.

What was the result?
Our client received a Good Behaviour Bond and was required to make a donation to a charity selected by the Magistrate. No order against his licence was imposed.
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 20/03/2020