If you are charged with a dangerous driving offence, it is essential that you seek expert legal advice as soon as possible. A dangerous driving offence is the most serious non-fatal road traffic offence, and the penalties can be very severe. The criminal defence lawyers at Qamar Solicitors are highly experienced in handling dangerous driving charges and other driving offences, and can provide you with the best possible legal representation.
What is dangerous driving?
Dangerous driving under section 2 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 can include a number of different kinds of reckless and dangerous behaviour on the part of a motorist. Examples include:
dangerous overtaking (or undertaking)
wilfully ignoring road signs and traffic lights
driving in a manner which is aggressive to fellow road-users
racing and serious speeding offences
knowing driving a vehicle that is not safe to drive
using a mobile device whilst driving
For you to be convicted of dangerous driving, the prosecution must prove that you were driving at a standard which is far below the minimum standard of driving which should be expected of a safe and competent driver, and that it would be obvious to any competent driver that the manner in which you were driving was dangerous.
A dangerous driving charge can be heard in the Magistrates Court or the Crown Court, depending on the seriousness of the offence. Because of the seriousness of the offence, the Courts can issue harsh sentences: on conviction in the Crown Court you could be sentenced up to 2 year - with additional and often lengthy periods of being disqualified from driving. Even when you are permitted to drive again, you are likely to have to take a series of re-tests in order to apply for your licence. The effect on your life will be very serious – particularly if you rely on being able to drive for your work.
How can we help?
In view of the seriousness of the offence, and the potentially harsh punishment, you will need swift, expert and incisive legal advice. At Qamar Solicitors we understand exactly what is required in order to prepare your defence. We will carefully examine every aspect of the case, including by seeking expert input where necessary and by diligently scrutinising evidence such as the scene of the incident and contributing factors such as severe weather conditions.