Dangerous driving is a serious motoring offence, if you have been charged with dangerous driving you should seek the help and advice of an experienced expert solicitor at the earliest opportunity, if possible before being questioned by the police. To discuss your circumstances contact our dangerous driving solicitors on 0175 321 6399 or complete our online enquiry form.
To be found guilty of dangerous driving the prosecution must prove that you have driven in a way that ‘falls far below what would be expected of a careful and competent driver’.
A charge of dangerous driving can be brought against a driver for a variety of reasons; including but not limited to: driving at high speeds, aggressive driving, overtaking where it is illegal to do so, ignoring road signs or traffic markings, driving a vehicle which is not road worthy, driving under the influence of excess alcohol or under the influence of drugs.
Due to the serious nature of a charge for dangerous driving a case can be heard in either the Magistrates Court or Crown Court. If found guilty the punishment for a dangerous driving conviction is an obligatory driving ban for a minimum of one year and in the most serious cases a prison sentence of up to 2 years may be imposed. A driver convicted of dangerous driving will also have to sit an extended re-test before they are allowed to drive again
It can sometimes be difficult for the prosecution to prove that the standard of driving was so poor that it constitutes dangerous driving rather than careless driving. The highest level of careless driving is described as careless bordering on the dangerous; therefore it can often be argued that a charge of careless driving is more appropriate.
Representation and expert legal advice is essential if charged with dangerous driving, our experienced specialists have a proven track record in this field, for a free initial appointment to discuss your circumstances contact us as soon as possible. Our dangerous driving experts can be reached 24 hours a day 7 days of the week on: 0333 344 4889.