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 Drink Driving law & legal information - all breath test, blood test and criminal defence representation & advice.

Sean Hardy has appeared in Appeal cases in the following Courts:

County Court of Victoria
Supreme Court of Victoria,
Victorian Court of Appeal,
High Court of Australia.

 

Here are some of the published cases from the Superior Courts that Sean Hardy has appeared in:

Elezovic v. Williams [2016] VSC 763 (speeding)
Banks v. Bice
[2014] VSC 610 (speeding)
Halley v. Kershaw [2013] VSC 439 (drink driving)
McWhirter v. Dunlop [2013] VSC 697 (speeding)
VPOL v. Connell [2013] Magistrates Court (refuse blood test)
DPP v. Skafidiotis [2013] VSC 258 (drink driving)
Challis v. Williams [2013] VSC 490 (speeding)
Dolheguy v. Becker [2009] VSC 106 (speeding)
Stone v. McIntyre  [2007] VSC 406 (blood analysis)
Murdoch v. Smith [2006] VSC 468 (dangerous driving)
Hannon v. Norman [2006] VSC 228 (drink driving)
Sirajuddin v. Ziino [2005] VSC 418 (drink driving)
Ciorra v. Cole [2004] VSC 416 (speeding)
Scully v. Semple [2004] VSC 393 (drink driving)
Ticknell v. Foster [2004] VSC 378 (firearms)
DPP v Korybutiak [2004] VSCA 2 (driving whilst suspended)
DPP v. Korybutiak [2004] VSC 3
Halepovic v. Sangston [2003] VSC 464 (drink driving) [The Age, Follow-up]
Miles v. Barca [2003] VSC 376 (Intervention order)
Smith v. Chalmers [2003] VSC 236 (drink driving)
Deputy Commissioner of Taxation v Moss [2003] VSC 294 (14 August 2003)
Platz v. Barmby [2002] VSC 531 (drink driving)
Pure Capital Investments Pty Ltd v Fasham Johnson Pty Ltd [2002] VCAT 1761
Cook v Velkray Pty Ltd [2002] VSC 361 (car accident)
Goodey v. Clarke [2002] VSC 246 (drink driving)
Wilson v Magistrates' Court of Victoria [2001] VSC 290 (civil claim)
Bell v. Dawson (Court of Appeal) [2001] VSCA 114 (drink driving)
Bell v. Dawson [2000] VSC 169; BC 200002364; (2000) 31 MVR 111
Independant Cement and Lime Ltd v. VCAT [2000] VSC 355; BC 200005291 (VCAT)
L. T. King Pty Ltd v. Besser & Anor [2002] VSC 354 (civil claim)
Alwer v. McLean [2000] VSC 396; BC 200006373 (speeding)
R v K R A [1999] VSCA 157
Chu v. Henham [1999] VSC 139; BC 9902739; (1999) 105 ACrimR 528 (assault police)
Charter Homes Pty Ltd v. Housing Guarantee Fund Ltd, 10/06/1997 VSC 5082/97
Siger Constructions Pty Ltd v. Charter Homes Pty Ltd [1997] VDBT 61 (building)
Blanksby v. Barnes, (1997) 26 MVR 471; [1998] 2 VR 164 (drink driving)
Bass Coast Shire Council v. King (1996) 92 LGERA 129; [1997] 2 VR 5 (Local Govt)
R. v. Tsolacos (1995) 81 ACrimR 434 (profits of crime)
Papadopolous v. Hunter, (1995) 85 ACrimR 572 (drink driving)
City of St Kilda v. Kenyon (1993) 18 MVR 349 (parking infringements)
Brenner v. First Artists' Management Pty Ltd, [1993] 2 VR 221 (civil claim)
 
 
 
Your lawyer's court experience matters.

Before you entrust a lawyer with the job of protecting your licence, you should try to see if s/he has any experience defending motor traffic cases in court. You can search for your lawyer's name at www.austlii.edu.au and see if s/he has appeared as Counsel or Solicitor in any reported cases. 'Counsel' are lawyers who appear in court as barristers, they cross examine witnesses and argue the case. Solicitors generally work in the office e.g. filing and serving the court papers, but some solicitors also work in court as Counsel. If you read the cases you can find out if your Counsel has had much success or if he/she always runs disasters. Some lawyers get mentioned in the Herald-Sun more often than in the Victorian Law Reports. Lawyers who are motivated to be celebrities are known to call the press and get their name (and their client's photo!) in the newspaper even though they may have never won a defended motor traffic case in their life. I have never contacted the press to suggest they report on any aspect of my clients' case, and I probably never will.
 
Only a small minority of lawyers regularly fight drink driving cases, although there is a large number of lawyers who seem to 'specialise' in pleading guilty for drink drivers. Just as any real estate agent can sell your home, so too can any lawyer appear in court on a plea of guilty. But there are always some who are better than others. If you want to win your case, you need a lawyer who is an expert in defending cases, and definitely not one who knows nothing more than just how to roll over.

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