Driving whilst disqualified.
Our client had been charged with driving whilst her licence was disqualified and also driving without a licence.
Whilst she had not had a previous drive disqualified offence within the previous two years, prior to that time she had had eight drive disqualified offences.
Driving whist disqualified is a matter that is always in the spotlight and courts routinely impose a custodial sentence even for in the circumstances of first time offenders.
However, when discussing the matter with the client it became evident that her driving was as a result of a medical emergency whereby her husband was in hospital and in of significantly ill health.
At the time of submissions, we were able to convince the court that the driving was non-contumacious. Further, due to her personal circumstances, the court ordered that the community would be best served by her receiving a suspended sentence. Ultimately, our client was ordered to enter into a good behaviour bond to be resentenced should she breach that bond.
This allowed her to maintain her employment and to be able to care for her young child and most importantly avoid a custodial term.
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