Dangerous driving is one of the most serious motoring offences, as such driving can cause injury to another road user and, in some cases, proves fatal. Penalties for dangerous driving include a mandatory disqualification and extended re-test, an unlimited fine and up to fourteen years’ imprisonment if your driving causes death. Accordingly it is vital that you contact a solicitor as soon as possible.
The driving offence lawyers at Lupton Fawcett are experts in advising upon dangerous driving cases and in building a strong defence. We will do everything we can to keep you on the road and reduce any penalties that are imposed.
For assistance with an allegation, get in touch with us today or fill in our online form and we will call you back as soon as possible. If you require immediate assistance, please get in touch with Meghan Waldron on 07469 859708 or Jeremy Scott on 07971 520407.
What is dangerous driving?
Dangerous driving is when the standard of your driving falls far below that of a careful and competent driver, and is dangerous in the eyes of a reasonable person. Common examples of dangerous driving can include:
- Driving at extreme speeds
- Racing or competitive driving
- Reading a newspaper or map which seriously hinders your driving
- Driving while distracted by a mobile phone
- Driving when your vehicle has a known serious fault and should not be driven, for example, if the brakes are not working.
Dangerous driving penalties
Dangerous driving cases are ‘either way’ which means they can be heard in either the Magistrates’ Court or the Crown Court. The penalties are:
- a mandatory minimum disqualification of 12 months and an extended re-test
- An unlimited fine
- Imprisonment of up to six months in the Magistrates’ Court and up to two years in the Crown Court
Previous driving convictions will have an effect on your punishment as will any injuries or deaths caused by your dangerous driving.
If your dangerous driving causes serious injury, instead of the two year maximum imprisonment, you could be sentenced to imprisonment of up to five years.
If your dangerous driving causes a fatality, instead of the two year maximum imprisonment, you could be sentenced to imprisonment of up to fourteen years.
We have years of experience in helping drivers in and around Yorkshire accused of a road traffic offence to build a case for defence. Our team will investigate all of your options and let you know honestly and simply what you can do, whether it is to plead guilty to obtain maximum credit, fight the case or negotiate a plea bargain.
It is advisable to react to allegations of dangerous driving as soon as possible should you receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution about an offence. The quicker you begin to build a defence, the stronger your case will be.
To speak to a lawyer about advice and representation for dangerous driving, please contact our offices based in Leeds, York and Sheffield by using the details below. If you require assistance immediately, contact our driving offence solicitors directly - for Meghan Waldron call 07469 859708 and for Jeremy Scott call 0797 1520407.
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