Our client accidentally ran into a fire hydrant whilst driving under the influence. Prior to this, a previous employer had invited him to attend a wine tasting event and, as he was not a regular drinker, he succumbed to driving under the influence.
We represented him at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on the following charges:
- Driving Under the Influence
- Careless Driving
Our client was a 19-year old man with no record of any court appearances. He has an outstanding academic record and is included in the top 400 students in Victoria during his VCE year. During the time of his plea, he was studying law with a goal of becoming a lawyer in the United States in the field of entertainment law.
He has also shown great remorse over the offending. He was with his girlfriend in the car when the accident occurred and he was so shaken that he immediately wrote a letter of apology to her and her family.
We made submissions to the court pointing out that our client was a valuable member of the society. He has the potential to secure a job overseas after he completes his studies and this could be ruined if a conviction is recorded against him. The accused was not a regular drinker and his good character was supported by numerous references from family and friends.
The magistrate accepted our submissions and finally imposed a fine, without conviction, and a licence cancellation.