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Dangerous Driving

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Dangerous driving is a serious motoring offence. It is the most serious road traffic offence a motorist can face, when it is not fatal. If charged with dangerous driving, you could be facing severe penalties, including imprisonment. But, ‘dangerous driving’ is a vague term to use. So, what does dangerous driving mean? And, what can you do if you are charged with driving dangerously?

What Do We Mean by Driving Dangerously?

Dangerous driving is driving in a manner unlike a competent and careful driver. To give you an idea of what that includes, please see the list below:

  • Ignoring road signs
  • Dangerous overtaking
  • Driving aggressively
  • Excessive speed
  • Using a mobile phone or using other distractions whilst driving
  • Driving a vehicle when you know it has a dangerous fault.

This should give you an idea of the kind of actions we are talking about. We have listed speed here as a high speed alone can be dangerous driving if the speed is high enough. Also, dangerous driving can include driving without due care and attention.

Our law requires all drivers to be competent and careful when driving. If you fall far below that standard, you will likely be charged with dangerous driving.

If the police or CCTV has caught you doing any of these things, you may well be prosecuted. If that happens, you will have to prove that you were driving in a way any other safe and competent driver would. But, if a judge or jury finds you guilty, you will have a penalty. Read more about the penalties you could face below.

What Is the Penalty for Dangerous Driving?

As already mentioned, dangerous driving is a serious offence. Depending on the severity of your offence, you could face up to two years in prison. You could also face a driving disqualification for a minimum of 12 months. It is important to know that there is no restriction on a disqualification here. Some driving bans have lasted for several years. That’s if you are prosecuted through the Crown court.

If your case is heard at a magistrate’s court, it will be different. Your penalty may be a fine of up to £5000, six months in custody, or both.

If you get disqualified, you will also be required to take an extended re-test. You will not be allowed to drive again until you pass that test.

It is also important to note that dangerous driving here is a separate offence to death by dangerous driving.

Defending Your Case

You could be unsure about how you might defend your case in court. We can help you to understand the option best suited to your situation. But, to summarise how you might defend your case:

• You could argue that you did not drive in any dangerous way.

• Your driving was not significantly dissimilar to that of a competent driver.

• If your charges are about the state of the vehicle, you could argue you were not aware of unobvious faults.

In any case, your defence would have to be based on provable facts. We can help to understand what is relevant and what isn’t. And, we will use those relevant facts in your case.

How Chris Rudd Solicitors Can Help

We know how daunting it can be if you have not faced something like this before. That’s why we’re here to help you through it.

We will advise you on the best course of action at every stage and help you through it until the end. And, we will always try to get the best possible outcome for you.

Chris Rudd Solicitors is here to help you. So, if you would like to discuss your situation, please get in touch.

Feel free to call us on 01925 426 048. Or, email us at [email protected].

Our friendly staff can offer 15 minutes free, no obligation, initial advice. We will let you know if we can help you.

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