Great result for a deserving client today charged with Low Range Drink Driving to appear in the Sydney Downing Centre. Our client was charged with a low range drink driving with aggravating features. His driving record was extensive. He desperately needed his licence so he could continue with his Real Estate business. After careful preparation and submissions by us, our client got the Section 10 outcome he sought and was able to drive home.
Our Sydney CBD client had aspirations to be a pilot with the Royal Air Force of Australia and a conviction would have been devastating for his career prospects. His Honour had regard to our submissions and supporting material and did not record a conviction.
This matter was complicated by the fact our client was only a slight fraction away from mid range. Our client was working at the time on a 457 visa which meant both his employment and visa were in jeopardy. Her Honour had regard to his precarious situation and dealt with the matter with a lengthy section 10 good behaviour bond.
Our client was subject to the new laws relating to compulsory interlock participation which came into force in February 2015. We addressed His Honour on our clients reliance on his ability to drive for both personal and professional reasons. His Honour made an order for the minimum period of disqualification and if our client participates in the interlock program he will be able to drive within a matter of months.
As with many members of our community, our client relied on her ability to drive to earn an living. Having regard to her participation in the Traffic Offenders program and the excellent character material in support, His Honour was able to exercise his discretion and dealt with the matter in accordance with s10.