Road Rage Incident – Charge Withdrawn

The police alleged that in an incident of road rage, after being unable to pass them, our client reversed his vehicle at speed at two cyclists hitting one and then drove off without exchanging details or offering assistance.

He was charged with the serious indictable offence of Reckless conduct endangering serious injury as well as Careless driving.

Josh Taaffe, who is one of our solicitors based in our Melbourne office, represented the client on a guilty plea at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

Josh negotiated for the withdrawal of the serious indictable charge arguing that the prosecution could not prove that the client intended to hit the cyclists or that he foresaw that his actions would probably cause injuries. Instead the client pleaded guilty to a charge of Dangerous Driving – a much less serious charge.

Josh organised for the client to complete a Road Trauma Awareness Course and undertake anger management counselling with a psychologist.

All of these measures were highlighted in the plea conducted by Josh. The Court was advised that the behaviour was out of character and unlikely to ever be repeated because of the steps that had now been taken.

The Court was convinced to impose a good behaviour bond with a condition that the client make a monetary contribution to the Court fund.


Josh TaaffeJosh Taaffe

Josh has extensive experience in indictable crime including sex offences, assaults & drug matters.

As an instructing solicitor Josh has specialised in handling complex matters, such as murder and terrorism trials, including State and Commonwealth Supreme Court trials. Josh is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist.

Visit Josh’s profile to read more about his 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 25/02/2013