Exceed PCA 49(1)(f) – CCO

Our client was originally charged for drink driving after having been found with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.180. He was represented by other lawyers at the time and was sentenced at the Magistrates’ Court to 4 months imprisonment, 2 months of which will have to be served and the other 2 months to be suspended for 2 years. Our client wanted to avoid a term of imprisonment. He approached our firm for assistance so he could make an appeal against the term of imprisonment imposed.

We acted on the client’s behalf during the appeal at the Melbourne County Court.

We were able to prove to the court that our client was actually suffering from mental health issues and alcohol dependency. This submission was supported by a psychological report for our client which we had obtained. Given these circumstances, the judge saw the need for our client to be given a chance at rehabilitation. He adjourned the case to allow our client to undergo residential rehabilitation and to eventually prove our client’s commitment to stopping his alcohol dependency.

Our client completed rehabilitation treatment at the Malvern Private Hospital. The court ultimately imposed a Community Corrections Order for 12 months with no community work condition. With this sentence, our client could continue treatment and be supervised in the community.