A CCO for Drive with High Range PCA
Updated: Nov 25, 2020
Our client is a woman in her 30s charged with Drive with high range PCA. The offence resulted in a car collision outside a school drop off zone in the middle of the week. She blew a staggering reading of 0.298, almost 6 times over the legal limit. She also had a prior offence of high range PCA. Luckily nobody, including our client was hurt. Our client instructed us to plead guilty to the charge which was the appropriate plea given it is a strict liability offence.
We advised our client to undergo rehabilitation for alcohol abuse, obtain character references, obtain a psychological report and write an apology letter to the Court.
Our client went above and beyond and proved to the Court that she was taking the offence seriously. She enrolled herself in a rehabilitation facility which she attended daily, regularly saw a counsellor, obtained a report from a psychologist and abstained from drinking alcohol.
The Magistrate was very impressed with the lengths that our client had gone to to address her offending behaviour. The maximum penalty for Drive with high range PCA is 18 months imprisonment, a $3,300 fine and an automatic licence disqualification for 3 years. We convinced the Magistrate that imprisonment was not appropriate in this case because of the extensive rehabilitation our client had undergone.
The Magistrate agreed and our client was sentenced to a Community Corrections Order for a period of 3 years without any community service work. She was disqualified from driving for 9 months with an interlock of 2 years. Our client was extremely relieved and happy with this outcome and can now focus on her health and career.
John Vizzone, Partner and Isabelle Worrad, Solicitor acted on this case. If you would like to make an appointment please contact (02) 9667 1271 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
John Vizzone, Partner
Isabelle Worrad, Solicitor