Louis Dean of our office represented a client faced with six charges, including Reckless Conduct Endangering Life and Reckless Conduct Endangering Serious Injury, following a drag race in an inner Melbourne street. The client was travelling at a speed in excess of 45km/h over the speed limit and had a high-speed crash that caused extensive damage to their vehicle after losing control of it.
Reckless Conduct Endangering Life is a serious indictable charge, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment. Reckless Conduct Endangering Serious Injury carries a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment.
After negotiation about the alleged driving conduct and degree of danger involved, the prosecution withdrew five of the six charges against our client, and our client pleaded guilty to a single charge of Dangerous Driving – a summary offence.
Mr Dean made extensive submissions regarding our client’s background, namely, his high level of education, positive work history, lack of similar prior or subsequent offending and prior good character. These matters were taken into account and accepted by the presiding magistrate, who withheld a conviction and imposed a fine for the single charge. This was an excellent outcome for the client, as their prospects of travel and future employment were maximised by avoiding a conviction.
Serious Driving Offences – Slades and Parsons have the experience you need
When charged with a serious driving offence, close analysis of the brief is critical because in many instances, serious charges are laid even though they do not appropriately reflect the driving conduct. Often, the driving conduct is most appropriately represented by a less serious offence.
Having legal representatives who are experienced in these matters will ensure you are best placed to secure withdrawal of more serious charges, which can have a significant impact of the type of sentence you are likely to receive.