There is a high risk of receiving a penalty of imprisonment for dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm. If you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of driving, the chance of jail for dangerous driving increases.
Recently, Zoe was able to ensure our client avoided jail for a dangerous driving charge, by making a number of strategic decisions throughout the matter.
Our client had been charged with dangerous driving, while under the influence of alcohol. Police also alleged that he caused very serious injuries to the victim. Accordingly, our client was facing a maximum penalty of 7 years imprisonment.
Our client met with Zoe shortly after he was charged. Zoe listened to our client’s instructions and provided him with detailed advice on the charge and his options.
Zoe then made a number of strategic decisions to ensure our client received the best possible outcome. These included:
- Ordering the brief of evidence from police
- Speaking with independent witnesses
- Identifying the weaknesses in the police case
- Negotiating with police and the prosecutors
Negotiations with the prosecution were successful. Zoe was able to convince police to withdraw the dangerous driving charge, and replace it with a charge that carried a maximum penalty of only 9 months imprisonment. As a result, our client pleaded guilty to a much less serious charge, which meant that he would likely receive a less serious penalty.
Zoe then prepared a strong subjective case for our client by collating positive references, reports, records and other documentation. In court, Zoe made submissions to the magistrate about our client’s positive character, his remorse and his rehabilitation. Ultimately, the magistrate imposed a good behaviour bond.
Due to the high likelihood of receiving a term of imprisonment when he was first charged, our client was grateful for Zoe’s dedication to his case.
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If you are concerned about receiving jail for dangerous driving, speak to our Expert Criminal and Traffic Lawyers.
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