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Do you have any previous convictions please?
no previous convictions
Ok - this is in the lowest bracket
You are likely to get a fine in accordance with earnings, costs, victim surcharge and you will be disqualified anywhere between 12-16 months. It is likely to be towards the lower end given the reading and if you plead guilty.
You do not have to declare this to the USA as it is not an offence of moral turpitude
You MAY have to declare it when going to Australia
Leave that question on the immigration form (that you get on the plane) blank. Then ask one of the customs officials when you get into baggage claim. Customs not bullies and will gladly assist you in correctly filling that part of the card in.
The chances are that this will not be an issue for you
But if you hire a car you will probably certainly have to declare this
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Which kind of question will be asked by the magistrates and what would suggest as answers?
Why you did it.
But generally you would give mitigation, you are sorry, you are pleading guilty, never done this before etc
Can I clarify anything else for you today?
Therefore no necessary to be represented by a solicitor.
thank you very much