Exceed PCA Guilty Plea – Fine

Our client was coming home from a function when she drove into a road way barrier. The Police happened to be driving close by and attended the scene. A breath test was administered at the scene followed up by evidentiary breath test at the Police station, revealing a blood alcohol concentration of just under 0.2%. Our client had no prior court appearances whatsoever.

She was charged with:

  • Exceed PCA 49(1)(f)
  • Exceed PCA 49(1)(b)

Shaun Pascoe represented our client at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court.

Our client presented some exceptional plea material which illustrated that she was a person of good character. She also wrote a heartfelt letter to the Court expressing the shame she felt for her offences, the potential of harm to other motorists and that as a result she had not consumed alcohol since.

The client pleaded guilty to the charges of Exceed PCA and the Court was persuaded, despite the very high blood alcohol concentration (4 times above the prescribed legal limit of 0.05) and the collision into a barrier, to impose a fine and cancel her licence for the statutory minimum of 19 months.


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.

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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 25/02/2013