Our client was charged with driving in a manner menacing and negligent driving following a dispute with his partner. The police alleged that our client intentionally rammed his partner’s car.
Our instructions were that they merely had an accident.
Jurisdiction: Local Court
Represented by: Mr Ian Lloyd of Counsel, instructed by Criminal Lawyers Sydney George Sten & Co.
Subject: Criminal Law – drive in a manner menacing – negligent driving
Prior to the hearing date being fixed, we offered a plea of guilty to the charge of “negligent driving” in exchange for the withdrawal of the charge of “menacing driving”. The offer was rejected and the matter was listed for hearing.
Following lengthy negotiations with the prosecutor and officer in charge on the day, our client pleaded guilty to “negligent driving” and the charge of “menacing driving” was withdrawn. We further negotiated the agreed facts which were amended to reflect our client’s instructions. Our client was sentenced to a Community Release Order without conviction pursuant to s9(1)(b)of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 for 6 months. He was not disqualified from driving. The prosecution also agreed to revoke its application for a final Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO). Had the menacing driving charge not been withdrawn our client would likely have received a criminal conviction, disqualification period and a lengthy ADVO.
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