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Dangerous driving

Dangerous driving is a very serious criminal offence and you should always instruct a specialist solicitor to represent you.

The penalty for a dangerous driving conviction can be penalty contact uspoints (between 3 and 11) and a disqualification from driving for 12 months, followed by a lengthy re-test before the ban is lifted. In addition, you may also be given a prison sentence of up to 2 years.

At J R Jones we have a great deal of experience in defending all types of motoring offences. Please contact us to discuss your case.

The legal definition for dangerous driving is:

1. The standard of driving falls far below what would be expected of a competent and careful driver
2. It would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving in that way would be dangerous

Some examples of what may constitute dangerous driving are:

  • Knowing the vehicle has a dangerous fault or unsafe load
  • Ignoring road signs or traffic lights
  • Racing, driving too fast, or driving aggressively
  • Driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Overtaking dangerously
  • Motorbike wheelies
  • Using a mobile phone whilst driving
  • Weaving between lanes or undertaking

The Courts will examine the circumstances of the incident and also take into account both aggravating and mitigating circumstances. It is critical to have experienced legal representation for this type of offence.

Death by Dangerous Driving

This is a separate and more serious offence that you may be charged with if you have been involved in an accident where someone has lost their life. In addition to the penalties for dangerous driving, this offence also carries a prison sentence of between 2 and 14 years.

Do I need a solicitor for Dangerous Driving?

Some people choose to represent themselves in Court to try and save money on legal fees. This is almost always a mistake. The Courts have heard every excuse that exists for motoring offences and will not be impressed by someone with little or no understanding of the law trying to defend themselves.

A specialist motoring offences solicitor with knowledge and experience of the law will offer you the best chance of achieving a favourable outcome in your case.

Contact us to speak to one of our solicitors who will assess your case and advise you on a possible defence.