A motorist will be guilty of dangerous driving if his or her driving falls far below the standard expected of a competent and careful driver and it would be obvious to such a driver that the motorist’s actions were dangerous.
Plain dangerous driving is one of the most serious motoring offences on record and can result in a two-year prison sentence plus an unlimited.
Where the dangerous driving results in serious injury the court can send you to prison for five-years and impose an unlimited fine. If death results from an episode of dangerous driving the maximum penalty is fourteen years imprisonment and an unlimited fine.
A conviction for any type of dangerous driving will result in a driving ban (if you are sent to prison the ban will be extended so you serve the full length of the ban upon release) and you will have to retake your driving test once your driving ban ends.
The line between driving without due care and attention and dangerous driving is blurred. There are frequently cases that sit on the cusp of the two offences so that a jury will have to form their own opinion of whether a piece of driving was merely careless or dangerous. Because the line is blurred it is often worth speaking with the prosecutor to see whether they can be persuaded to accept a plea to driving without due care and attention instead of dangerous driving. A plea to a due care and attention offence will normally significantly reduce the sentence that is imposed.
It is always worth reviewing the prosecution evidence to confirm whether they can prove the case against you and taking legal advice on whether you have a defence. For example, we often see people charged with dangerous driving due to their speed, although speed alone is not sufficient for a dangerous driving conviction. Some incidents will arise from vehicle defects so it is important to consider whether the drive could have known of the defect – this is particularly important where the driver is an employee driving his or her employer’s vehicle.
Speaking with a specialist motoring law solicitor who has experience of defending dangerous driving cases is vital if you are to avoid conviction and a prison sentence.
By involving a specialist motoring law solicitor as early as possible you give yourself the best possible chance of winning your case, whether that means avoiding convicition, keeping your driving licence or simply minimising the consequences of a guilty plea. We can help you however you decide to deal with your case.
The sooner you get in touch the sooner we can get to work on your case.
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