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A driver on Bail faces new charges after a car crash incident in Coffs Harbour

A 24 year old man was reported to have swerved across Meadow Street at Coffs Harbour before crashing into another car.

Witness verified that before the said man crashed his car he was seen to have been “driving like a hoon”. The driver suffered face and leg injuries and have been tested for blood and urine test. He is now in stable condition despite the injuries he had suffered.

The authorities reported that prior to the said accident his driver’s license has already been suspended until 2016. After his recovery, the authorities will be charging him for disqualified and negligent driving and breach of the conditions of his bail. The said driver has already been charged with a disqualifications and drink driving last year.

Any person who drives a motor vehicle on any road after their driver’s licence has been lawfully disqualified by the court can be held guilty of Disqualified Driving. While the Court has a wide latitude of discretion on whether to charge first time offenders, they are not that lenient to those persons who have subsequently committed the same offence.

Especially in cases where the second time offender is released on bail due to a previous traffic violation charges. Just like in this case, the driver who is not only a disqualified driver but a repeat violator of negligent driving. To make things worse he is also breaching the conditions of his bail by committing the same offence that was previously charged against him.

While bail conditions differ based on the order of the Court there are conditions which are usually required by the Court for the applicant to comply. These conditions can either be: the residence of the applicant; complying with scheduled reporting to the police or bail officer; non-contacting the witnesses (especially on the side of the victim); not driving any motor vehicle (in cases of traffic violations with a temporary suspension), attending rehabilitation centers (in case of drugs and alcohol related offences or in case the court orders a reform program for the accused); non-travel within the limits set by law (especially out of the country travels); and any other conditions that can be imposed by the Court issuing the Bail Order.

In case of breach of the said Bail Order, the local police are cloaked with authority to arrest and detain the accused. The Court can decide whether additional fine or penalty can be imposed due to the breach of the bail conditions.

Disclaimer : This article is just a summary of the subject matter being discussed and should not be regarded as a comprehensive legal advice for you to defend yourself alone. If you are charged with criminal offences, it is recommended that you seek legal assistance from criminal lawyers.

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