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Fines dramatically reduced for victim of domestic violence

In February 2018, Carl Paterson Finch appeared in the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court to represent a 54 year old woman who had over $26,000 in outstanding motor vehicle fines.

The client’s partner had convinced her to register his motor vehicle in her name. Over approximately four years, the partner had  incurred fines on the motor vehicle in excess of $26,000. The woman had made numerous attempts to nominate her partner as the driver but his emotional abuse of her at the time resulted in her eventually accepting responsibility for the fines.

The couple had since greatly improved their lives and were in a far better place, however it was now too late for the woman to nominate her partner as the driver of the motor vehicle and the maximum penalty for non-payment of the fines was a term of over 165 days imprisonment.

Carl managed to persuade the Court to reduce the fines to only $2,500. Our client was left in a position where she could avoid any term of imprisonment, provided that she met the repayments of $50 per month.

This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Carl Paterson Finch who understands the importance of being preparing and taking the time to get to know each individual client and their situation.

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