This is a case study on discharging traffic infringements in full.
Our client and her husband appeared before the court for the first time, both aged in their mid 50’s, with $42,000 worth of outstanding infringements between them.
Dee Giannopoulos acted on their behalf at the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court.
Evidence was provided to the court that our clients’ children (son and daughter) were responsible for all the fines. Our clients migrated to Australia at a young age and worked in labouring positions to provide for their family. They bought two vehicles, which they registered in their own name, and provided one to each of their two children. Their children incurred copious amounts of toll, speeding and parking fines, and hid the paperwork from their parents because they were too young to know how to deal with them and to own up to their parents.
The husband and wife were facing a term of imprisonment due to the extent of the fines and the time that had passed without them being actioned in any way. Her Honour understood that the first time the couple found out about the fines was when the sheriff knocked on their door to arrest them.
We advised our clients to bring their children to the court to “face the music”. Her Honour spoke sternly to both children about the terrible situation they had
placed their parents in and that they were facing potential imprisonment for offences they themselves did not commit.
The magistrate in this case was persuaded to discharge the traffic infringements in full against our client and her husband.