Road Rage Incident – Fine, Without Conviction

Our client was involved in a road rage incident which began when the driver of another vehicle appeared to not see our client as he was changing into our client’s lane.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client tooted the horn to warn him and the driver took evasive action. The driver safely moved into our client’s lane and then into the lane on the other side and came up so that they were side by side in the two lanes.

At the next set of lights, the driver of the other vehicle started yelling and our client engaged in a verbal altercation. The other driver then got out of his vehicle and punched the side mirror of the client’s car, smashing the glass. When our client got out of his vehicle to try to obtain the driver’s details, there was a tussle between them. The other driver’s son got out of the car and came around to where our client and the other driver were engaged in a physical altercation. In the exchange, a punch landed on the other driver who fell to the ground and knocked his head on the ground. He lost consciousness and was transported to hospital where he was released later that day.

What happened at court?
Our client was then charged with the following:

We represented the client at the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court.

Following lengthy negotiations with the Police, they accepted a plea to recklessly cause injury and withdrew the other four charges against our client. We made detailed submissions to the Magistrate in the plea in mitigation about the circumstances of the offending, namely that our client had been trying to protect his property when the argument got out of hand and that the other driver had instigated the physical violence. We also made detailed submissions regarding our client’s spotless criminal record and other matters in mitigation.

What was the result?
We invited the Magistrate to impose a “without-conviction”, a submission that was ultimately successful when the Magistrate imposed a fine without conviction.
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