This is arguably the most serious road traffic offence a person can face and obtaining expert legal advice at an early stage is crucial.
Dangerous Driving is a serious offence and can be dealt with in either the Magistrates' Court or the Crown Court. It carries a maximum of 2 years imprisonment and leads to a mandatory disqualification of a minimum of 12 months AND until an extended re-test has been passed.
The prosecution must prove that the standard of your driving fell far below what would be expected from a competent and careful driver AND it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving in that way or driving a vehicle in its current state would be dangerous.
You could face prosecution for this offence for many reasons. There is no exhaustive list but a prosecution for dangerous driving could follow circumstances where a driver, for example:
- Drove at excessive speed which is particularly inappropriate for the prevailing road or traffic conditions
- Drove aggressively, such as sudden lane changes, cutting into a line of vehicles or driving much too close to the vehicle in front
- Disregards traffic lights or other road signs such as Give Way
- Disregards warnings from fellow passengers
- Drives when knowingly deprived of adequate sleep or rest
- Used a hand-held mobile telephone whether as a phone or to compose or read text messages or emails when the driver was avoidably and dangerously distracted by that use
- Drives a vehicle knowing it had a dangerous defect or is poorly maintained or is dangerously loaded
- Drove whilst under the influence of excess alcohol or drugs
It is possible to argue that a charge of dangerous driving could more correctly be described as driving without due care and attention.
Hewitts Solicitors have often successfully persuaded courts and the prosecution that the driving was careless rather than dangerous.
We offer free expert legal advice and representation for any interview at the police station. This advice is available whether you are under arrest or attending the police station voluntarily.
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