Drug Driving With No Drug-Related Priors

Drug DrivingThis is a case of drug driving with no drug-related priors.

Our client was celebrating an end of year function at work. It was alleged that he consumed alcohol and shared a joint of marijuana with work colleagues. He left the party in the early evening and was intercepted at a random alcohol and drug testing centre. The client was tested for alcohol and drugs and tested positive to both. His blood alcohol reading was 0.64 and he tested positive for cannabis.

It must be noted that the client was cooperative with the police and admitted that he had used cannabis, even before he was tested. He had prior offences for drink driving but they were more than 10 years old.

Shaun Pascoe acted on the client’s behalf at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court. The charges were:

Our client was fined and his license cancelled and disqualified for the statutory period of 6 months. The magistrate accepted that whilst our client did have prior court appearances for drink driving, this was a case of drug driving with no drug-related priors.

An impressive reference from our client’s employer was provided. Our client was remorseful for his offending and it was submitted that the occasion of drug use was a one-off incident. All available evidence indicated that it would not be a repeat offence.


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.

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