Young driver sentenced to fine without conviction for careless and drink driving charges

This is a case study on drink driving and other traffic offences resulting in a minimum licence penalty without conviction.
Our client was involved in a car accident and was drunk at the time. He was a young offender aged 18 years old and had no prior matters. He was charged with drink driving and careless driving and his car was written off in the accident.

Our client required his licence to start apprenticeship. With the careless driving charge added on, he was at a greater risk of losing licence for a period beyond the mandatory minimum of 11 months.
We represented the client at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court for the following charges:

Our client was clearly remorseful and the solicitor was able to assist in advising on what paperwork was required including certificates, counselling letters, and references to have prepared by the court date. The client also wrote a letter to the court explaining how the offending had changed him and how the experience had effected him. When appearing on behalf of the client, we were able to say how remorseful the client was, having numerous amounts of material to tender to the court to support the submission. The Magistrate was impressed by the material and was able to conclude without question how remorseful our client was.
The Magistrate kept the licence penalty to a minimum. He further made the order without conviction which is uncommon in drink driving matters.

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