The penalties for dangerous driving include: up to 2 years in custody, a minimum 12 months driving disqualification and/or a fine of up to? 5000 due to the seriousness of the offence and the risk posed to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians.
If you are convicted of dangerous driving you will also be ordered by a Court to take an extended retest before you can get your licence back.
To prove that your driving could be classed as ?dangerous? there must be evidence that:
1. Your driving fell far below the minimum acceptable standard expected of a competent and careful driver; and
2. That it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving in that way would be dangerous
Common examples of Dangerous Driving include:
- Unsafe overtaking manoeuvres;
- Racing with other vehicles;
- Driving on the wrong side of the road;
- Exceeding the speed limit considerably;
- Driving despite knowing that the vehicle had a dangerous fault.
A Dangerous Driving conviction can severely hinder current and future employment (as it will show up on your criminal record) and have a huge impact on your financial situation. You may find that your insurance premiums will increase considerably after being convicted and passing a re-test.
Dangerous driving is an extremely serious offence that can be heard by either a Magistrates Court or a Crown Court depending on the circumstances. If Special Reasons apply to your case you may be able to retain your driving licence. This is a difficult argument to put forward to the Courts which is why it is imperative that you contact a specialist solicitor like Gray and Co to seek legal advice.
Here at Gray and Co we have extensive experience within the field of motoring and have dealt with many cases like Dangerous Driving before. If you or someone you know has been charged with the offence and you would like advice/representation then give one of our friendly team a call on 01244 344299 or use our online contact form and we will get in touch.