Exceed PCA – Minimum Licence Disqualification

Exceed PCAThis is a case of a high-reading Exceed PCA resulting in a minimum licence disqualification and a good behaviour bond.

Our client was intercepted by the police with more than the prescribed limit of alcohol in her system. The reading was high at 0.167% and she was eventually charged with Exceed PCA 49(1)(b) and Exceed PCA 49(1)(f).

Drink driving matters attract a minimum disqualification period. However, under the legislation, magistrates have the discretion whether to impose more time off the road. It is important to address this issue in driving matters to ensure that only the minimum is imposed.

Amelia Ramsay acted on the client’s behalf at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

The matter proceeded as a plea at the first hearing. We made detailed submissions regarding the client’s personal circumstances and how her life would be affected by a further suspension. The magistrate accepted our submissions and did not impose more than the minimum licence disqualification for the Exceed PCA charges (16 months). Further, the magistrate confined the penalty to a 12-month good behaviour bond which is an excellent result for such a high reading.


Amelia RamsayAmelia Ramsay

Admitted to practice in 2013, Amelia performs her work with care and professionalism ensuring clients understand the Court process, their charges and that they receive the best possible outcome.

Since joining Doogue + George, Amelia has represented clients in a broad range of indictable offences including, manslaughter (one-punch laws), foreign incursion and terrorism related offences, importation of drugs, cultivation of drugs, and sexual offences. Her work has included trials in the County and Supreme Court, plea hearings and contested committals as well as appeals to the Court of Appeal. Amelia works closely with barristers including briefing Queen’s and Senior Counsel. Amelia also appears regularly at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court and suburban courts as a solicitor advocate.

Check out Amelia's profile to know more about her legal background and specialisations.

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 11/04/2017