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Dangerous Driving Offences

Here at Murrays solicitors we have a great deal of experience in defending all types of motoring offences including dangerous driving.

Dangerous driving is a very serious offence and you should always instruct a specialist motoring offences solicitor to represent you. The penalty for a dangerous driving conviction can be penalty points (between 3 and 11) and a disqualification from driving for 12 months, followed by a lengthy re-test before the ban is lifted. In addition, you may be given a prison sentence of up to 2 years.

The legal definition for dangerous driving is:

  1. The standard of driving falls far below what would be expected of a competent and careful driver
  2. It would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving in that way would be dangerous

Some examples of what may constitute dangerous driving are:

  • Racing, driving too fast, or driving aggressively
  • Driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Overtaking dangerously
  • Knowing the vehicle has a dangerous fault or unsafe load
  • Ignoring road signs or traffic lights
  • Motorbike wheelies
  • Using a mobile phone whilst driving
  • Weaving between lanes or undertaking

The Courts will look at the circumstances of the incident and also take into account both aggravating and mitigating circumstances. It is critical to have proper legal representation for this type of offence.

Death by Dangerous Driving

This is a separate and more serious offence that you may be charged with if you have been involved in an accident where someone has lost their life. In addition to the penalties for dangerous driving, this offence also carries a prison sentence of between 2 and 14 years.

Do I need a solicitor for Dangerous Driving?

You do not need a solicitor to represent you at Court, contact usbut would be well advised to consider obtaining one, and particularly if your case is complicated and/or you think you might want to plead not guilty.  A Court will not be impressed by someone with little understanding of the law trying to defend themselves based on hearsay and incorrect advice.

A solicitor with specialist knowledge and experience of motoring law will offer you the best chance of achieving a favourable outcome in your case.

Contact us to speak to one of our solicitors and to find out how we can help you.