Our client was a truck driver who was charged with drug driving following a drug test administered by the highway patrol. He had failed to properly complete his log book and when he was pulled over, the truck was searched and amphetamines were discovered in a false bottomed bottle inside his fridge. He was subjected to a drug test and tested positive for amphetamine.
We acted on the client’s behalf at the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court. Overall, the charges he faced were:
- Drive While Impaired By Drugs
- Exceed PC Drugs – 49(1)(h)
- Fail to Record Time and Place of Rest/Rest Change
- Possess Drug of Dependence
We made submissions to the court detailing how our client had previously suffered an illness for a period of 6 months. The magistrate acknowledged that the use of drugs was for overcoming fatigue related to the illness, and not a sign of a persistent drug problem. We also pointed out how a loss of licence could tremendously affect our client’s employment and his ability to support his family.
Our client received a Good Behaviour Bond and was required to make a donation to a charity selected by the Magistrate. No order against his licence was imposed.