Court: Beenleigh Magistrates Court
Solicitor: Shelby Smith
Date: July 2018
Maximum Penalty: 14 penalty units or 3 months imprisonment
Our client was intercepted by police and subsequently charged with low range drink driving. She engaged Potts Lawyers immediately after being charged.
After meeting with our client, Ms Smith undertook extensive preparation for sentence. This preparation included obtaining character references and letters from our client’s employer and researching and preparing lengthy submissions regarding the recording of a conviction. Our client instructed Ms Smith to seek that no conviction be recorded so that her overseas work commitments were not jeopardised.
The court ultimately imposed a $300 fine, disqualified our client’s licence for 1 month (the minimum period open to the court) and did not record a conviction. This was a great result for our client. It is evident that even for relatively minor charges, thorough preparation is crucial to ensure the best possible result in court.
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