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.
How can Ringrose Law help me?
For further advice and information please call 0845 601 2664.
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