Incurred Fines – 2/3 Discharged

Our client incurred 66 fines that remain unpaid totalling $20,269.30. He was arrested by the Sheriff and bailed to attend Court. The fines were accumulated over five years but the vast majority were toll road infringements that were incurred in a short period of time. Our client did not have special circumstances but had difficult personal circumstances at the time and was suffering from anxiety and depression.

We represented the client at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

At the hearing of the matter, the Magistrate discharged 2/3 of the fines and our client was put on a payment plan for the remainder of the fines.

Even though our client did not have special circumstances, we were able to detail to the Court his difficult personal circumstances at the time, his diagnosis of anxiety and depression, his re-engagement in treatment, his new relationship that coincided with the end of the fines, and his ability to pay a certain amount. We were able to submit documentation confirming these facts.

We also did a detailed analysis of the fines and presented it to the Court to highlight the fact that the toll road fines were incurred in three-month blocks which was consistent with our client’s instructions that his e-tag was cancelled. We also tendered evidence of his current e-tag.


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