This is a case study on discharging traffic fines in full involving 70 outstanding warrants.
Our client had incurred $21,000 of infringements by using the toll roads without a valid account and also by incurring parking tickets. She had a history of violence in her relationship which she struggled to deal with, as well as issues with her thyroid which was affecting her mood and stability.
Dee Giannopoulos acted on the client’s behalf at the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court. The matter proceeded as a penalty enforcement hearing in relation to the client’s 70 outstanding warrants in excess of $21,000.
Material was presented to the court evidencing our client’s medical issues. We produced character references that attest to the family violence the client was experiencing at the time the infringements were incurred. Submissions were made as to the fact that our client left her infringements to the bottom of her to-do list while she struggled to manage her finances and day-to-day life. The court was also advised that our client had taken to alcohol as a coping mechanism and spent significant amounts of her income on alcohol purchases.
A psychological report was tendered to the court which indicated that our client had been obtaining assistance to manage her alcohol misuse. She also sought help to develop strategies that will enable her to cope with the family violence she was subjected to. The court was made aware that, although our client had been in significant financial debt and living off credit, she had gotten back on her feet and that these fines were the last aspect of her past that she needed to finalise in order to be able to move on with her life.
His Honour was understanding of our client’s position and discharged the traffic fines in full. This was to allow her to have a fresh start.