The daughter of murdered ganglord Carl Williams will have her day in court after refusing to accept a fine over allegations she used her phone while driving.
Dhakota Lee Williams, 21, was charged with the minor offense after allegedly using her phone while driving just days after her lavish 21st birthday celebrations in March.
She appeared on a video link outside Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, where Magistrate Graeme Keil pleaded with her to settle the case.
Court documents allege Ms Williams was pulled over by police while driving a black BMW on Alexandra Avenue in Melbourne.
Dhakota Williams (pictured), the daughter of late gangland character Carl Williams, has been charged with allegedly using her phone while driving
Ms Williams had asked for the case to be adjourned while her lawyer, Emma Turnbull, tried to obtain documents to move her case forward.
Ms Turnbull has long acted for Ms Williams’ mother, Roberta Williams, who is herself a convicted drug abuser.
The court heard Ms Williams had only one defect on her driving record, which was for a parking violation.
“Maam, we’re very excited, it’s up to you…I’m going to push that, it’s up to you,” Mr Keil said.
Anxious not to provide the young Williams with any legal advice, Mr Keil told her the case could be handled on the spot.
“It’s just a very simple question,” he said.
The magistrate told Ms Williams he was prepared to give an indication of punishment which would result in nothing more serious than a fine.
‘So it’s over and over. You don’t have to take that indication of condemnation,” Mr Keil said.
“We can deal with it now rather than adjourn it for some red tape you may or may not need, who knows, but I’m very keen to sort things out and get this over with.”
While Ms Williams was almost sold on this prospect, she changed her mind after being reminded that she should not plead guilty if she was innocent of the charge.
“You should only plead guilty if you did,” Mr Keil said.
“I think we’ll accept the adjournment today,” Ms Williams replied.
Asked by the magistrate why the media had asked for court documents on her case, Ms Williams replied: “I don’t know”.
Carl Williams (pictured) leaves Melbourne Magistrates Court April 14, 2004
The case is now adjourned to mid-June.
Ms Williams refused to answer police questions, according to court documents.
The charge came just days after Ms Williams threw a lavish party for her 21st birthday.
Her mother Roberta and a host of extended family and friends gathered at the Emerson rooftop club in Melbourne’s southeast.
Guests received golden paddles and could choose from custom cocktails including a Birthday Baby, espresso martini or Pisces SZN, white chocolate and Chambord margarita.
Ms Williams, wearing a short white dress, gold body chain and Louis Vuitton handbag, posed with her mother for a social media photo on the venue’s balcony upon arrival guests.
“I wish your dad could see you today,” Roberta Williams said in her speech at the party.
“He would be so proud of you because you are exactly as he dreamed you were.
“Every night before you were born, your father and I sat in your manger to talk about you and what you would be, and everything he said, you grew to become.”
“He loved you beyond words. I am glad you were able to feel his love and know that he is with you every step of the way, guiding you…your own personal angel.
Dhakota Williams (left) and her mother Roberta (right) posed for a photo at the Emerson rooftop club in Melbourne as guests arrived for her 21st birthday
Carl Williams (pictured right) holding his daughter Dhakota in his arms during a prison visit
Dhakota Williams (pictured left with her mother Roberta) regularly posts glamorous snaps on Instagram where she has 37,000 followers
The Williams clan came to the attention of the Australian mainstream after the original season main character of crime series Underbelly, played by Gyton Grantley, was based on Carl Williams.
The series followed the bloody gang wars that rocked Melbourne in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Ms Williams, in an interview before her birthday, said that although her father was notorious, to her he was just a normal father.
“For me, I’m going to visit him, I couldn’t tell the difference between him and what society considers a normal dad,” she told The Daily Telegraph.
“We were talking about school, being nice to my mom, brushing my teeth every day, literally the most normal things you can think of,” she said.
She also added that she was determined not to let her family’s notoriety define her.
Ms Williams had previously said she wanted to be a lawyer, but is now focusing on studying business management at university.
She regularly posts glamorous photos on Instagram where she has 36,000 followers.