Motoring Offences

Dangerous Driving Charge

Dangerous Driving Charge

Receiving a dangerous driving charge is the most serious motoring offence that can be committed without causing death or injury.

If you are convicted, you face the possibility of being sent to prison for up to two years, and you will be disqualified from driving for a minimum of twelve months.

If you are accused, facing an investigation or been charged with dangerous driving then you must seek our advice immediately.

What is dangerous driving?

Dangerous driving is defined as when an individual’s driving falls below the expected level of a careful and competent driver. It can also be classed as dangerous driving if the vehicle being driven is in a dangerous condition and not suitable to be on public roads.

Examples of dangerous driving would include racing or aggressive driving, driving while tired, or being involved in a police chase.

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What is the sentence for a dangerous driving charge?

A dangerous driving charge is a very serious offence. It can lead to imprisonment as well as a 12 month ban and having to take an extended re-test. Factors that can impact on your sentence include;

  • Evidence of consumption of alcohol or drugs
  • Excessive speed
  • Offence committed whilst driver was disqualified / had no licence and/or insurance
  • Competitive driving, racing or showing off
  • Previous convictions, poor driving record and disregard for earlier sentences imposed
  • Disregard for other pedestrians or road users in the vicinity; and
  • Prolonged episode of bad driving.

The courts will also look at factors to reduce the sentence. These can include, the impact a driving ban would have on your personal circumstances, previous driving offences you have committed, and your individual character. If accused, we can work with you in presenting mitigation, and reduce your sentence so please contact us.

It might be that the police wish to question you. If so, advice and assistance at the police station is free, and you should ask for Ringrose Law to be present.

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This, of course, is for you to decide. If you are not bothered about losing your licence, or having a criminal record, then perhaps you don’t. But there are not many people in that position. We deal with people in your situation on a daily basis, and have the expertise to ensure that your case runs as smoothly, and successfully, as possible.

Legal Aid for motoring offences is available for more serious offences. It is available for anyone being dealt with at the Crown Court, and for more serious matters at the Magistrates’ Court. Advice at police stations is always covered. We can advise you whether you will be entitled to Legal Aid if you get in touch with one of our advisors.

Court proceedings are normally open to the press who can report most cases. There are exceptions to this, for example if children are involved. We can advise on your particular circumstances if you get in touch.

The time it takes for cases to be dealt with varies enormously, often depending on the seriousness of the offence. It is impossible to generalise, but our advisors have years of experience and will be able to assist with this question.

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