A dangerous driving offence is made out where an offender’s manner of driving falls way below what is expected of a reasonable and competent driver. For instance, driving at excessive speed, aggressive driving, ignoring road signs, undertaking and overtaking where it is illegal or obviously dangerous. This is not an exhaustive list and there are many other examples that fall into this category.
Often, dangerous driving offences rely on eyewitness testimonies and it is for the prosecution to prove, beyond reasonable doubt, an offence occurred. CM Solicitors are experts in carefully analysing the prosecution’s case, cross-examining witnesses and preparing your case to the highest standard.
What are the penalties?
Like drink driving, dangerous driving carries a mandatory minimum period of disqualification of 12 months. In serious cases a sentencing court has the option of imposing a number of community based penalties. The most severe cases can result in a custodial sentence to a maximum of 6 months at the magistrates’ court and 2 years from the Crown Court.
Causing death by dangerous driving
Causing death by dangerous driving is an extremely serious offence which often results in a lengthy custodial sentence and can only be dealt with by the Crown Court. It is essential that you receive expert, high quality, legal representation and advice.
An allegation of causing death by dangerous driving will often rest upon the facts of the case and what the prosecution can prove in court. There are certain mitigating factors that can be taken into consideration for you to receive a lesser punishment.
What are the punishments?
The punishment for causing death by dangerous driving is between 3 and 11 penalty points, immediate disqualification for a minimum of 2 years and up to 14 years imprisonment. Anyone who is convicted of causing death by dangerous driving must retake their test before being able to drive again.
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