Parramatta District Court – License disqualified DPP v C
After entering a guilty plea, the Local Court Magistrate determined that C’s licence was ordered to be disqualified for 30 months (plus fines) after he was represented in the Local Court by another law firm. The time for lodging an appeal against the decision had lapsed by the time he engaged the services of O’Brien Solicitors.
Police alleged that C was at fault for an accident on the road, which involved the collision of two other vehicles as well as his own. After police attended the scene of the accident, they escorted C to have his breath analysed at a police station where an alcohol breath test reading of 0.199 was taken.
C was charged for driving with high range PCA as per s9(4)(A) of the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Act 1999 and subsequently had his licence suspended on the spot.
C appealed the decision of the Magistrate at the local court.
O’Brien Solicitors successfully lodged a severity appeal at Parramatta District Court on C’s behalf. Submissions and evidence demonstrated that the original 30-month disqualification of licence was too harsh. In particular it placed at risk his livelihood and also threatened his working visa. The penalty was subsequently reduced to a 12-month disqualification.
“I know that I stuffed up, but at least Justice was served. I am able to stay in Australia and I can keep my job. Thank you for picking me up when I was down in the dumps.”