Dangerous driving is considered a serious offence and, as such, it carries serious penalties. If tried and found guilty, you could be facing a 12 month disqualification from driving and even two years in prison. A number of driving practices may be considered unsafe but the prosecution also needs to prove that your driving fell far below that of a competent driver. With experienced solicitors that specialise in driving offences, you may be able to secure a lesser charge of careless driving or receive a not guilty charge.
The charge of dangerous driving is brought when a person’s driving falls “far below” the standard expected of a safe and competent driver. This wording means that it is open to interpretation and this is why using an experienced solicitor can prove so important to your chances of successfully defending a case. Aggressive driving, racing, being distracted while driving, and causing injury to others due to unsafe driving are some of the examples of dangerous driving that may lead to a conviction.
The penalties for this type of offence are serious. A guilty charge will mean a minimum of 12 months’ disqualification from driving and you will need to take an extended retest before you can get your licence back. You can also face up to two years in prison and there is no upper ceiling for financial fines so you could face considerable financial penalties for this charge.
There are a number of factors to consider when defending a dangerous driving charge. The type of court that hears your case can play a determining factor in the severity of the penalty, while pleading guilty to a less charge may prevent a prison term. All of these factors needs to be considered to ensure that you take the best possible approach and have the best chance of success.
Dangerous driving is considered a serious driving offence and is one that carries substantial penalties if you are found guilty. Causing death by dangerous driving is considered a separate offence and this carries even sterner penalties, with a maximum 14 year prison sentence as the maximum term that you could face. Experienced legal representation is vital to your case.
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