dangerous driving solicitors
Dangerous driving is the most serious (non-fatal) driving offence you can be convicted of, and the potential consequences are severe. Our Dangerous Driving Solicitors provide specialist support to anyone accused of dangerous driving.
Call us on +44 (0)161 452 7678 or fill in our contact form to discuss your case with our team of highly-trained solicitors.
what is dangerous driving?
A person is regarded to have been driving dangerously if:
- The standard of their driving is far below what would be expected of a competent and careful driver, and it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving in such a way would be dangerous or
- It would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving the vehicle in its current state would be dangerous.
Typically, an individual found guilty of dangerous driving may have been:
- Driving aggressively
- Involved in a police chase
- Ignoring road signs and traffic lights
- Overtaking dangerously
- Using equipment which causes a distraction while driving
- Knowingly driving a vehicle with a dangerous fault.
If you have been judged to have committed any of these acts, you could be charged with dangerous driving, an offence which can carry severe penalties.
What are the penalties?
If you are found guilty of committing dangerous driving, the first thing to note is that you will leave with a criminal record, something which you will need to disclose to all future employers and could potentially prohibit you from travelling to countries where a visa is required.
Alongside this, you will also face a mandatory driving ban, with the length linked to the severity of your offence, unless you are deemed to have exceptional circumstances which prohibit this.
Other punishments you may face include:
- An unlimited fine
- A prison sentence of up to five years
- Three to eleven penalty points on your license
- Community service
This conviction will also be accessible to insurers, who may take the decision to dramatically increase your insurance following your conviction.
If banned, you will also be required to take a special extended driving test before getting your full driving license again.
About the extended driving test
Should you be convicted of dangerous driving and given a driving ban, you will be forced to take an extended driving test upon completion of your ban before being allowed to drive again.
Before taking the test, you will be required to apply for a new provisional license and re-sit your theory test. You can apply for your provisional license 56 days before your disqualification ends, the DVSA will typically send you a reminder around this time.
As you have already been adjudged to be guilty of dangerous driving in the past, the extended driving test will be more difficult than a traditional driving test to give the examiners a more thorough understanding of your driving abilities.
The test will be at least 60 minutes long and require you to cover a much wider variety of roads than the traditional driving test. Alongside this, demonstrating your ability to safely perform an emergency stop is a mandatory part of the test, and you may be required to perform all four driving manoeuvres (front bay park, reverse bay park, parallel park, pull up on the right).
Once you pass your test, you will be able to send off for your full driving license and begin driving immediately.
Why Draycott Browne?
At Draycott Browne, our team of dangerous driving solicitors are here to help you throughout the entire process. We have a total understanding of dangerous driving law, which enables us to provide the best-possible defence should you be accused.
The potential punishments for dangerous driving naturally make this a stressful time, we understand this and are here to provide complete support. All our advice is easy to understand, and we endeavour to keep you completely aware of how the case is progressing.
If you have been accused of dangerous driving, contact our dangerous driving solicitors today. Call us on +44 (0)161 452 7678 of fill in our contact form to request a call back today.