QuoteReplyTopic: Fine for not leaving a licensed premises Posted: 08/June/2012 at 12:27
I was recently evicted from a local pub. Initially I had done nothing wrong. One of my friends was being evicted for being intoxicated. I went to the door to speak with the bouncer to see if he could be allowed back in. At this point the bouncer took offence to my questioning and evicted me too. I'm not going to argue this point as I probably had enough to drink for the night.
However I remained outside the pub whilst I tried to contact my friends inside. I had left my jacked inside on a chair and wanted to get it back. The bouncer insisted I had to leave and when I refused he called the police. They arrived shortly and told me a had to leave. Once again I insisted I shouldn't have to leave as I just wanted to get my jacket and contact my friends inside. At no time since my eviction had I gone back inside the venue. I was outside away from the entrance.
Long story short I got a $550 fine for not leaving. I can't see how I can cop such a huge fine when I didn't really do anything wrong. I was evicted from a bar and I'm not arguing that. I was fined for being to close to the licensed premises after that. I didn't punch anyone, I wasn't abusive, I wasn't some messy drunk spewing on the side walk.
Long story short I'm after some advise as to whether or not I should contest the fine in court. I hate to just give into something I find unjust but I don't want to take the day off work if they're just going to ignore me and insist I pay the fine. I understand issues with drunken violence is a big issue in Sydney these days and I'm guessing they wont listen to a word I say because I was drunk at the time.
Well by failing to leave when directed you now have, and you are going to have to face the consequences. It is an offence to not to leave licensed premises as soon as directed. There are no valid excuses for not doing so.
I am NOT a lawyer. Anything said is NOT legal advice.
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IT may be easier to submit this argument as a letter to the court (rather than attending). I've seen letters that present mitigating circumstances get good results. That would save day off work and perhaps reduce the outcome. It's a pity pubs now have bouncers :(
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Didn't do anything wrong? You were told to go, repeatedly, and didn't. It would have been explained multiple times what was required of you, and yet you refused. The pubs in Sydney are reluctant to call the cops for any reason, and seeing as you were probably the 100th person they had kicked out that night, I'm betting there's a little more to the story.
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