DUI – First Time Before the Court

This is a case of Driving Under the Influence with a first-time accused before the court.
Our client was pulled over while driving a car that had been involved in an accident. The car was not roadworthy and the client had a high blood alcohol concentration.
Hester Kelly represented the client at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on the following charges:

The matter proceeded as a plea of guilty to one charge while the rest of the charges were withdrawn by the prosecution. Submissions were presented to the court that pointed out our client’s age, the fact that it is our client’s first time before the court, and the circumstances surrounding the offending.
A $600 fine was ultimately imposed, with conviction, and the client was granted one month stay for payment of the fine. This was a great result for a DUI case as the client who had to face the court for the first time felt like her story and her life had been explained to the magistrate. This enabled the magistrate to appreciate the circumstances in which the offence took place and the unlikely event of it occurring again.

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Hester is based at our Melbourne office and was admitted to practice in 2014. She previously worked as an Associate to Judge Howard in the County Court of Victoria and was also a solicitor advocate at another Melbourne criminal law firm before becoming a member of Doogue + George.

Hester graduated with First Class Honours in Law in 2012 from Monash University, with a degree in Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws. She completed two internships at the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and has volunteered with the HIV/Aids Legal Centre in Melbourne.

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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 19/04/2017