Dangerous driving is one of the most serious motoring offences – and may carry a prison sentence or suspended prison sentence, as well as a large fine and disqualification.
Less serious offences involving dangerous driving may result in a fine and a community order.
However, convictions for dangerous driving can cover a wide range of circumstances, involving single offences such as speeding, driving while disqualified, driving without due care and attention on busy roads or in built up areas – or more complex circumstances involving damage to vehicles and injury to others.
If a driver already has a track record of driving offences, the penalty for dangerous driving is likely to be heavier – and in the most serious cases involving causing death by dangerous driving, an offence may be tried at Crown Court and a prison sentence may be imposed.
Charges involving speeding or racing other motorists on the public highway could result in a 12-week prison sentence – and any offence involving dangerous driving which risks the safety of others or disregards the safety of others is likely to be tried at Crown Court.
Disqualification for dangerous driving is likely to last between 12 and 24 months, which may depend on any previous disqualifications.
Because charges involving dangerous driving are complex, it is vital to seek expert legal advice from a motoring law solicitor as soon as possible.
Duncan Lewis motoring offence solicitors can advise car drivers, motorcyclists and HGV drivers on charges involving dangerous driving – and have considerable experience in defending cases involving drivers with more than one disqualification, as well as advising on appeals for early reinstatement of a driving licence.
Duncan Lewis represents clients at Police Stations, Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts, and at Appeal Courts such as the Court of Appeal.
The Duncan Lewis Crime Department is ranked in Legal 500 2014 for its General Crime and White Collar Fraud Work – and has an exceptional track record in defending cases involving a charge of dangerous driving, including car drivers, HGV drivers, motorcyclist and professional drivers.
There are Duncan Lewis offices nationwide in England and Wales – and a criminal defence solicitor from Duncan Lewis can usually reach a client at a police station or court within 45 minutes.
Call Duncan Lewis motoring offence solicitors on 020 7923 4020 for expert legal advice on road traffic offences, including charges involving dangerous driving.
For 24/7 help at a police station, call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 020 7275 2036.
Duncan Lewis motoring offence solicitors advise clients who may face prosecution for a road traffic offence to contact us as soon as possible, especially if a Notice of Intended Prosecution has been issued.
A member of the Duncan Lewis motoring offence team can attend police interview under caution – and our motoring law department regularly advises new drivers, experienced drivers and professional drivers on road traffic offences, including dangerous driving.
Duncan Lewis motoring offence solicitors are a leading provider of Legal Aid services – however, Legal Aid is means tested and may only be available in certain circumstances.
Duncan Lewis can advise further on Legal Aid at the initial client meeting or phone call.
In cases where a client may not be eligible for Legal Aid, Duncan Lewis motoring and driving offence solicitors offer competitively-priced fee levels for private client representation – with fixed fees and advance notice of any costs whenever possible.
In some cases, after the event insurance may also be a funding option for cases involving motoring offences.
Call Duncan Lewis Motoring & Driving Offence Solicitors to discuss a charge of dangerous driving on 020 7923 4020.