As the result of a recent consultation in relation to serious driving offences, which involved over nine thousand submissions, Government ministers have confirmed that the maximum sentences available to the courts upon conviction are to be substantially increased.
The Current Sentencing Position | Kangs Motoring Offences National Team
Where a death has been caused by driving, the current offences are causing death by:
- dangerous driving,
- careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs,
- driving when unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured,
- inconsiderate driving.
The maximum prison sentence the court can impose for each of these offences is:
- dangerous driving – 14 years
- careless driving under the influence of drink or drugs – 14 years
- driving whilst disqualified – 10 years
- careless or inconsiderate driving – 5 years and
- driving whilst unlicensed or uninsured – 2 years.
The New Sentencing Proposals | Kangs Motoring Offences Advisory Team
Sentences may be increased from 14 years to life imprisonment for offences where drivers:
- were on their mobile phone;
- were speeding;
- were under the influence of drink or drugs.
It is also intended to introduce a new offence of causing serious injury through careless driving which will also carry a prison sentence, the maximum length of which is as yet unknown.
How Can We Help? | Kangs Criminal Defence Solicitors
Convicted offenders will be facing sentences equivalent to those issued in respect of a conviction of manslaughter, and whilst allegations of serious motoring offences have always been serious, the increased sentences following conviction make them even more so.
Should you be arrested on suspicion of having committed any of these offences or should you be invited for a voluntary interview, it is important that you have an experienced solicitor in attendance with you at this very early stage.
Who Can I Contact For Help? | Solicitors For Driving Offences
Please contact either of the following: