Theft of MV – Aggregated Fine

Client stole a car belonging to her friend’s parents and, in the company of three friends, drove the vehicle dangerously through suburban streets. The vehicle she drove collided with another car on the road. She left the scene without stopping to exchange details. She then was involved in an accident by driving into a street light. All 3 passengers, and herself, were taken to hospital. At the time of driving, she was intoxicated.

She was charged with Theft of MV and we represented her at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

Client was a youthful offender, being only 18 years old at the time. The Magistrate had to consider her rehabilitation as a primary sentencing consideration. Further, she had some priors, but these were the first being dealt with in the adult jurisdiction. She pleaded guilty at an early opportunity. At the time of sentencing, she was 21 years old. There had been significant delay. At the time of sentencing, she was also on parole for subsequent offending and was doing well on that parole order. She had full-time employment and stable accommodation. In the circumstances, the Magistrate wanted to encourage her ongoing rehabilitation.

Our client received a fine and was directed to pay via instalments. She was also disqualified from driving for a total period of 9 months (6 for Disqualified from driving and 3 for the drink drive charge).


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