by emailer  24/05/2005  2521 Page Views
0 Comments  Criminal law, traffic matters, DUI, assault, theft, fraud
I was recently charged with Dangerous driving after being caught doing a 7 second burnout on a wet road near my house.  I am a 28 yr old female and DEFINATELY don't like doing burnouts or would ever do one again, my fiance was with me in the car (quite drunk) and was trying to show me how to do it.  I pulled off into a car bay and spun the wheels for a few seconds then drove off, only to be pulled over a few minutes later. 

I was given court papers requesting me to plead "Guilty" or not.. the charge said "Dangerous Driving" which I looked up on the Internet and found the 1st offence as $600 and 3 demerit points (under 2004 Hoon laws in WA).  I pleaded guilty and went to court, when asked if I understood the charge I said Yes and was given an $800 fine and 6months suspension of my driving license. 

I was totally shocked by this as it was 1:30pm at night, no-one around and I could not believe that a few seconds of spinning my wheels could get this harsh penalty.  After receiving my fine I noticed it said "Reckless driving".  I did not realise I was pleading guilty to that charge, if I knew that I would most definately have pleaded Not Guilty as I never at any stage believed I could hurt anyone. 

What can I do about this charge?  I will lose my job if I can't drive for 6 months (especially since it was a work car), do I have any rights to appeal this?  Please let me know asap if you have any further information on the new hoon laws in WA and where I stand.  Thank you.

Renee