Suki Randhawa of Kangs Solicitors provides some guidance on the offence of dangerous driving. Suki is an experienced advocate who has represented clients throughout the country in relation to driving matters.
What is Dangerous Driving? | Solicitors for Driving Offences
the driving falls far below the minimum acceptable standard expected of a competent and careful driver and it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving in that way would be dangerous.
Some Examples of Dangerous Driving | Road Traffic Solicitors
- Driving well in excess of the speed limit.
- Overtaking and or undertaking in particularly dangerous circumstances.
- Racing other road users.
- Tailgating other road users.
- Driving in a motor vehicle that is unsafe.
- Driving whilst doing other things such as eating, reading or using a mobile phone etc.
The Procedure | Interview and Court Hearing| Motoring Offence Solicitors
If you are facing an allegation of Dangerous Driving, it is likely that you will be arrested or invited to attend a local police station in order that the police can interview you under caution about the offence.
Dangerous Driving is an offence that can be tried either in the Magistrates’ Court or the Crown Court, known as an ‘either way’ offence.
The Magistrates will consider all the aggravating and mitigating factors, as well as any previous convictions you may have, when deciding which Court your case should be allocated to.
If you plead guilty, or indeed, are found guilty, of the offence of Dangerous Driving, then the consequences for you are likely to be considerable.
As a minimum punishment it is likely that you will be fined and disqualified from driving for a period of twelve months.
Additionally, a compulsory extended driving re-test will be imposed upon you.
However, it is also possible that you could be facing the imposition of a community penalty or, in the most serious cases, the possibility of a custodial sentence i.e imprisonment.
This will almost certainly be the case where your case has been allocated to the Crown Court for determination.
Our Expertise | Specialist Motoring Defence Solicitors
If you find yourself being investigated for Dangerous Driving or any other road traffic offence it is important to seek expert independent legal advice at this very early stage of proceedings.
We have represented numerous individuals when, having given a full account in interview, no further action has been taken against them or a lesser charge has been laid before the Court.
We are able to advise you of the alternative defences that may be available when facing this allegation or, alternatively, the mitigation that could be put forward at this very early stage in order to encourage a lesser charge against you.
If you have already been charged with a matter of dangerous driving then, again, it is important that expert legal advice is sought as a matter of urgency.
Who Can Help Me? | How Can I Keep My Drivers Licence?
We have a specialist team of solicitors defending road traffic cases and they will be happy to discuss your case with you.
Our Solicitors have many years of experience in conducting motoring and driving cases and they will provide you with their expert assessment of your case.
Many clients seek help from our team so please feel free to contact either of: