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Traffic Offence – Driving Whilst Suspended

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Our Senior Solicitor, Nicholas Hardy-Clements, represented a 19-year-old man at
Parramatta District Court in relation to the following charge:

Drive motor vehicle while licence suspended pursuant to s54(3)(a) of the Road Transport Act 2013.

At the time of the offence, our client was experiencing family issues, including his parent’s divorce and the death of his grandmother. With little support from his parents, our client was driving to buy food for himself and his younger sister when the police stopped him and subsequently found that he was driving with a suspended licence.

Our client entered a plea of guilty at Parramatta Local Court. He was convicted, fined $300 and had his licence disqualified for three months.

Per our client’s instructions, Nicholas prepared and lodged a Notice of Appeal with the Parramatta Local Court, and the appeal was listed for Hearing at Parramatta District Court.

Nicholas provided the client with advice as to law, procedure and evidence. He submitted that our client’s offence falls towards the low end in objective seriousness. Furthermore, Nicholas persuasively argued that our client was young, working part-time and studying full- time, and a conviction of this offence would disproportionately affect his employment prospects.

After considering all the materials before the Court, along with our client’s excellent prospects of rehabilitation, the Magistrate exercised discretion and imposed a Conditional Release Order without conviction pursuant to Section 9 (1) (b) of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999.

This case illustrates exemplary court advocacy and the value of experience. The team of solicitors at Jameson Law cares for each of our client’s circumstances and works hard to ensure every case is prepared and presented in a way that provides the best possible outcome.


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