Our client was charged with Exceed PCA 49(1)(f) and 49(1)(b) following a collision into a road barrier. She was caught by the police while driving on her way home from a function and a breath test was eventually conducted. She was found to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of just under 0.2%.
Shaun Pascoe acted in behalf of the client at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court.
We made submissions to the court demonstrating the client’s good character. She has never been previously charged with a traffic offence or any other criminal charges. Our client also showed remorse over the offending and, in fact, had stopped taking alcohol ever since the accident. She wrote a letter to the court expressing her disappointment over her own actions and the possible catastrophic consequences of drink driving.
Our client pleaded guilty to the charges. The magistrate imposed a fine and cancelled her licence for the statutory minimum period of 19 months. This was a good outcome considering that the case involved aggravating circumstances such as a BAC nearly four times above the prescribed legal limit (0.05) and the presence of a collision.