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      No Conviction for Mid Range PCA (0.140) and Drive While Suspended

      Astor Legal appeared at Mudgee Local Court for a lady charged with Middle Range Drink Driving (0.140 reading) and Drive While Suspended.

      Our client was a 48-year-old military veteran who has been through a significant amount of trauma in her life. During her time with the military she developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression and Alcohol Dependency.

      These conditions were exacerbated when she was involved in a relationship where she was the victim of severe domestic violence. As a result she was obtaining treatment from a number of clinicians including psychiatrists, domestic violence workers and counsellors.

      On the day when she was stopped by Police, she was subject to a medical licence suspension. She was unable to make her way to an appointment with her domestic violence counsellor and so made an unfortunate decision to get behind the wheel.

      Prior to Court, our team prepared a significant amount of material to explain the difficulties she had been through and steps she was taking to correct her behaviour.

      After reading the material and hearing our submissions, the Magistrate indicated that in the circumstances, he was minded to grant a Section 32 Application.

      This means that our client will have no criminal record and no disqualification period.

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