Reckless Conduct Endangering Serious Injury, Dangerous Driving, & Other Charges
The accused was a 20 year old with no prior Court appearances. He was facing charges of:
- Reckless conduct endangering serious injury
- Dangerous driving
- Refuse breath test
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Failing to stop after an accident
- Failing to report an accident
- Failing to display P plates
We represented the client at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court.
After negotiations with the prosecutor, he agreed to plead guilty to dangerous driving, refusing a breath test, driving under the influence, and failing to display P plates; all other charges were withdrawn.
The accused took his father’s car while his parents were away on holidays, and after drinking with friends decided to drive home. On the way, he struck three cars, and drove on the wrong side of the road. He was met by the police in the driveway of the family home.
The accused had referred himself for treatment and counselling for his alcohol consumption at the Youth Substance Abuse Service (YSAS), and had remained abstinent from alcohol since the time of the offence. Given his age, his lack of prior Court appearances, and the fact that he was working for the family business which required frequent trips overseas to the UK, USA and Canada, the Magistrate imposed an adjourned undertaking (good behaviour bond) without conviction. His driver licence was cancelled and he was suspended from driving for a period of 30 months.
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