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Driving whilst relevant drug present in blood or saliva

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  1. Driving whilst relevant drug present in blood or saliva

Offence: Driving whilst relevant drug present in blood or saliva

Court Heard: Southport Magistrates Court

Maximum Penalty: 14 penalty units or 3 months imprisonment

Solicitor: Shelby Smith

Date: June 2018


Our client was charged with driving whilst a relevant drug is present in blood or saliva. She was intercepted by police whilst driving under the influence of cannabis. She cooperated with police and made full admissions at the scene.

Our client instructed that she wanted to plead guilty at the earliest opportunity. Ms Smith then requested the QP9 Police Summary immediately after meeting with our client and began preparations for sentence. Our client’s aim was to obtain the lowest possible disqualification period so that she could return to work as normal.

Ms Smith obtained crucial character references and letters to provide to the court. After reading these references, the court was satisfied that the circumstances of the offence and the client’s personal circumstances warranted the imposition of a financial penalty. The Magistrate imposed a $150 fine, disqualified our client’s driver licence for 1 month (the minimum period open to the court) and did not record the conviction on her traffic history.


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