Section 10 for DJ on Low Range Drink Driving Charge
Represented by Adam Faro - criminal defence lawyer
The client worked as a DJ and attended a party one evening from 10.30pm to 2.30am. During the night he was careful to consume no more than two drinks within the first hour and one drink every hour after that.
He was stopped by police for a random breath test while driving home. The test returned a positive reading and he was arrested and taken to the police station. Further analysis gave a reading of 0.06 grams of alcohol in 210 litres of breath. This placed him in the low range drink driving category. The evidentiary certificate was issued to prove the reading in court.
Our client relied on his licence for work as he had several forms of employment as well as his DJ job, including teaching and performing music. He also had a long-term goal of working in the film and production industry overseas, which could have been affected by a conviction. The client had no prior criminal record and obtained excellent character references.
The client sought legal advice from Nyman Gibson Miralis and our solicitor made submissions to the magistrate on his behalf. The client enrolled in the Traffic Offender Intervention Program and a certificate was issued to the court to be taken into account in the sentencing proceedings.
A good outcome
The client was a first time offender within a five-year period. If he hadn’t been able to get a section 10, the maximum penalty would have included a fine of up to $1,100 and an automatic disqualification period of six months and no less than three months. A conviction could also have impacted on his ability towork and travel overseas in the future.
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