If you have incurred multiple infringements or owe a large amount of money in unpaid fines, we may be able to assist you to reduce the amount owing or have the amount fully discharged. We prepare these matters carefully and can obtain relevant psychological, personal and medical materials to assist you in arguing for a reduction or discharge of your fines. If the fines cannot be discharged, we can advocate for you to have your fines converted to community work or a payment plan instead of serving a term of imprisonment.
The Infringements Act 2006 (Vic) governs the law of infringements. You may be eligible to have your fines reduced or discharged if you meet the criteria in section 160(2) or (3) of the Infringements Act. If the Court is satisfied that you have:
- A mental or intellectual impairment, disorder, disease or illness
- Special circumstances apply
The Court may:
- Discharge the fines in full
- Discharge up to two thirds of the outstanding fines
- Discharge up to two thirds of the outstanding fines and make a payment plan with respect to the balance
- Adjourn the matter for up to 6 months
Alternatively, if the Court is satisfied that having regard to your situation, imprisonment would be excessive, disproportionate and unduly harsh the Court may discharge some or all of your fines.