Example submissions

After the magistrate has read the references, he or she would ask John:

"What would you like to say for yourself?"

John would say:

I would like your Honour to take into account the following:

That I have pleaded guilty on the first available opportunity.

I have no prior record for drink-driving and I have held a licence for a period of 10 years.

The reading was not at the high end of the range.

I was apprehended as a result of a random breath test.

I am married with two children and am the sole bread-winner for my family. I am an electrician and work for a major contractor. The reference that you have read shows I will not have a job if I don't have a licence. I have large mortgage commitments and could not survive on the dole. I would lose my house.

I am involved heavily with my kids' sporting activities and drive both them and their team-mates every weekend. I also do free work for our church group, as your Honour can see from the reference.

On the day in question I was very tired having worked a 16 hour shift the day before. I was having a drink at a friend's place and was not drinking much because I was so tired. I honestly believed that I had not drunk sufficient to be over the limit at the time. I can only put this error of judgement down to my exhaustion on the day. I am usually very careful to watch what I drink.

My income is $420 per week after tax, my mortgage payments are $130 per week.

Your Honour, I wish to say finally that I am genuinely sorry for this offence - I am well aware of the dangers in drink-driving and I am particularly distressed at what could have happened to my kids. I am only pleased that no-one was hurt as a result of my actions. I can undertake to the court that this will not happen again.

I ask that your Honour exercise your discretion and deal with this matter by way of s10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act.

After the magistrate has read the references, he or she would ask Margaret:

"What would you like to say for yourself?"

Margaret would say:

I would like your Honour to take into account the following:

That I have pleaded guilty on the first available opportunity.

I have no prior record for drink-driving and I have held a licence for a period of 10 years.

The reading was at the low end of the range.

I was apprehended as a result of a random breath test.

I am single.

On the day in question I was having a drink with some friends after a game of hockey. I deliberately stopped drinking an hour before driving and honestly thought that I had allowed enough time so that I was at no risk of being in excess of the prescribed limit. I can only put this error of judgement down to my belief that enough time had passed and my tiredness following the game. I am usually very careful to watch what I drink.

My income is $330 per week after tax, my rent payments and other loan commitments are $180 per week.

If I were to lose my licence it would add 40 minutes each way in travelling to and from work, which is already a 30 minute drive.

Your Honour, I wish to say finally that I am genuinely sorry for this offence - I am well aware of the dangers in drink-driving and am thankful that no-one was hurt as a result of my actions. I can undertake to the court that this will not happen again.

I ask that your Honour exercise your discretion and deal with this matter by way of s10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act

After the magistrate has read the references, he or she would ask Paul: "What would you like to say for yourself?"

Paul would say:

I would like your Honour to take into account the following:

That I have pleaded guilty on the first available opportunity.

I have no prior record for drink-driving and I have held a licence for a period of 15 years.

I was apprehended as a result of a random breath test.

I am married with two children. I work as a wards man at the base hospital and have been on night shifts for the past two months.

On the day in question I was on the way home from my sister's wedding after coming off night duty at the hospital early that same morning. I can only put this error of judgement down to lack of sleep during the preceding 24 hours and the excitement of the family event. I am usually very careful to watch what I drink.

I am involved with my kids' sporting activities and my wife and I take turns to drive both them and their team-mates every weekend. I refer your Honour in particular to my references, which explain my voluntary work and my good employment record.

My licence was taken from me on the day of the offence and I would ask your Honour to take this into account so that any period of disqualification takes effect from that date.

My wife and I have a combined income of $1,000 per week after tax and superannuation, our mortgage payments and other financial commitments are $490 per week.

Your Honour, I wish to say finally that I am genuinely sorry for this offence - I am well aware of the dangers in drink-driving and I would be appalled if my children were to get in a car with a drunk. I am only pleased that no-one was hurt as a result of my actions. I can undertake to the court that this will not happen again.

I ask that your Honour consider my submissions when sentencing me and exercise as much leniency as you are able.