Mitigating sentence for driver

Lavinia represented the Defendant who pleaded guilty to driving whilst under the influence of drugs, with mitigating circumstances. The Defendant asserted they had taken ketamine and morphine for pain before crashing their vehicle into a stationary vehicle. The Court accepted that the Defendant had been in considerable pain and taken the drugs as painkillers. Although they were not prescribed, Lavinia was able to agree a mitigated sentence so that her client was only fined for the first offence, not the second.
Mitigated sentence so that the defendant was only fined for the first offence not the second as the magistrates accepted she must have been in a lot of pain and she was prescribed some painkillers. The defendant also received a 17 month driving disqualification.