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Because she is guilty and I believe that legal representation would be too expensive
Because she is guilty and I believe that legal representation would be very expensive.
No there wasn't
Thank you Jo. Very helpful.
Are you saying that a character reference should come from someone other than her employer? Or that employer references don't usually seek to make excuses so would be acceptable? Sorry - don't quite understand! Do you think it would be worth getting one or not make much difference? If it would be worthwhile, what should it say? Just that they've known her for x amount of time and that she is sensible, hard working, honest etc and that this is out of character?
Can you tell me what she will need to take to court (other than her driving licence of course). Payslip? Bank statements? And how does it work in court? Do the magistrates get to see all the relevant information prior to the case being heard or will my daughter have to present it all in court?
Thank you again.
Thank you Jo.
Final question (I think!). She doesn't want to tell her employer what has happened (she doesn't need her car for her job). Does a character reference have to be addressed to the court? Or could it just be 'to whom it may concern'.
And if she prepares a letter to read out in court saying how sorry she is etc. etc. would you be prepared to take a look at it to make sure it's along the right lines?
When you say post it, do you mean post it on this thread? Or put a hard copy in the post? If the latter, please can you let me have your address.
If the former, it won't be ready for a day or two so if I rate you (it will be excellent by the way), I believe that the thread will close so I won't be able to contact you?
I would be very grateful if you could take a look at it when it's ready. Please advise the best way to go about it.
Ok Jo. Great!
I will post it as soon as we're ready - hopefully tomorrow.
Thank you very much for your help.
For Jo C
As discussed, this is what my daughter is proposing to read out to the court. Do you think it's ok? Any suggestions? Thank you very much.
I would like to apologise to the court. What I did on that evening was inexcusable and totally irresponsible.
I take full responsibility for what I have done and am full of remorse and regret.
I am only grateful that no damage was done and no-one was hurt.
My reckless behaviour was totally out of character and the whole experience has taught me a very valuable lesson and forced me to look at my life and grow up.
It is my first offence and will certainly be my last. I have always been a very careful driver and never had an accident or a conviction for anything since passing my test first time 3 years ago.
I would like to take the Drink Driving rehabilitation course as, although this was a one-off, I believe it will be very valuable to increase my understanding of the dangers of alcohol and make me a better driver.
Brilliant Jo! Thank you.
So ... how about she ends it with:
So, I am pleading guilty and hope that you will look favourably upon my case and grant me one third credit.
Thank you Jo. And does the one third credit relate to the fine or the length of the ban, or both?
Thank you again Jo. You have been extremely helpful and I am very grateful.