DUI – Fine, No Conviction

Our client was charged with Driving Under the Influence and Careless Driving. He was a 19-year old man with no record of any court appearances. He has an outstanding academic record and is included in the top 400 students in Victoria during his VCE year. During the time of his plea, he was studying law with a goal of becoming a lawyer in the United States in the field of entertainment law.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client accidentally ran into a fire hydrant whilst driving under the influence. Prior to this, a previous employer had invited him to attend a wine tasting event and, as he was not a regular drinker, he succumbed to driving under the influence.

What happened at court?
We represented him at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on the following charges:

  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Careless Driving
We made submissions to the court pointing out that our client was a valuable member of the society. He has the potential to secure a job overseas after he completes his studies and this could be ruined if a conviction is recorded against him. The accused was not a regular drinker and his good character was supported by numerous references from family and friends.

He has also shown great remorse over the offending. He was with his girlfriend in the car when the accident occurred and he was so shaken that he immediately wrote a letter of apology to her and her family.

What was the result?
The magistrate accepted our submissions and finally imposed a fine, without conviction, and a licence cancellation.
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