Pervert Course of Public Justice and Make False Statement to Police – Fine

The Police alleged that our client, after being warned not to give a false statement, gave a false sworn statement to the Police that she was driving her boyfriend’s car when she was, in fact, not the driver. She was formally charged with the offence several months after the incident in question, when she agreed to be formally interviewed and, during the course of that interview, made full admissions to being the driver and to making a false statement. Her boyfriend was on a suspended sentence at the time his vehicle was intercepted by the Police.

She was charged with:

  • Pervert the Course of Public Justice
  • Make False Statement to Police

Shaun Pascoe represented our client at the Bendigo County Court.

Although the offence carried a maximum possible penalty of 25 years imprisonment, the circumstances of the offence in question was unusual and clearly not the worst example of an offence of this nature. It was clear that our client’s actions were the result of spontaneous and misplaced desire to assist her then boyfriend, rather than a carefully thought-out lie. It was also clear that at no stage did the Police informant believe her as he had always maintained that he observed our client swap seats with her boyfriend. Our client had no criminal history at the time of the plea hearing.

After entering a plea of guilty to Attempt to pervert the course of justice, our client was fined and was given a month to pay it.


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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