Reducing Fine for Drink Driving

Drink DrivingThis is a case of reducing fine for drink driving.

Our client had been at the football and, on her way home, got involved in a minor collision. She was breathalysed at the scene by the police and was found to have a reading of 0.169. Her licence was taken off her immediately and she was later charged with driving under the influence and drink driving.

Kristina Kothrakis acted on the client’s behalf at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. The charges involved were:

The police in this matter charged the client with driving under the influence of alcohol as well as drink driving. The former involves the person being incapable of having proper control of the vehicle by virtue of the high reading. We often see this charge where the reading is over 0.150 BAC. The minimum period of disqualification for this charge is 2 years for a first offence.

The client presented in an extremely distressed manner. She was deeply effected by the lack of judgment she displayed during the incident. She immediately sought a referral to a psychologist who was assisting her in identifying and dealing with the underlying contributing factors. Kristina also advised her to attend a Road Trauma Awareness Seminar.

At court, a summary case conference was conducted and resulted in the prosecution agreeing to proceed on the drink drive charge instead. This meant that the minimum licence disqualification period was now 16 months. Kristina was also able to rely on impressive character material which illustrated to the magistrate that this sort of conduct was out of character.

Due to the cost the client had already outlaid on the seminar and the psychologist, the magistrate significantly reduced the fine imposed for drink driving and did not exceed the minimum disqualification period required.


Kristina KothrakisKristina Kothrakis

Kristina has significant experience in criminal trials and also holds a degree in Science, majoring in Psychology, an invaluable area of knowledge, as many of her clients suffer from psychological disorders.

Kristina strives to achieve the best possible result for all her clients. Skilled, decisive and assertive, Kristina demonstrates dedication, care and professionalism at all times.

Visit Kristina’s profile to read more about her background and experience.

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 12/12/2017