dangerous driving solicitors

Dangerous driving offences are among the most serious a driver can commit, which is reflected in the severe penalties associated. Possible punishments include a lengthy ban with mandatory extended re-test, community service, a fine and a possible custodial sentence - all of which could lead to the loss of your job or livelihood.

At Burton Copeland, our motoring offence team is highly experienced in helping motorists accused of driving dangerously. Our team have defended cases by showing that the driving in question was not at an unacceptable level or found resolutions without harsh penalties.

If you have been accused of driving dangerously, contact our solicitors today to discuss your case. Getting in touch is simple - either call us on 0161 827 9500 or complete our online enquiry form and let us know a convenient time to get back to you.

about dangerous driving offences

A person is deemed to be driving dangerously when their driving falls far below the standard expected of a careful and competent driver. This can include one or a number of the following:

  • Speeding
  • Driving aggressively
  • Prolonged, persistent and deliberate course of very bad driving
  • Failing to comply with traffic signs
  • Overtaking
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Driving whilst knowingly deprived of sleep
  • Using a vehicle that is poorly maintained
  • Being distracted for lengthy periods (for example, on the mobile phone)

To get a conviction, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that your driving was far below the standard expected of a competent and careful driver. That’s why it’s important you speak to a defence solicitor should you be accused of driving dangerously.

what are the penalties?

For serious cases of dangerous driving, the maximum penalty is two years imprisonment and disqualification from driving. The minimum length of a ban is 12 months and there are no restrictions on how long a disqualification should last. Once the disqualification period comes to an end, drivers are required to complete an extended retest. In some cases, a financial penalty will also be imposed.

how can I avoid punishment?

The vast majority of cases can be defended by demonstrating that your driving was not far below the standard of competent and careful drivers. This could be argued to negotiate a lower charge, such as careless driving, with a lesser penalty. We can also argue that you were unaware of any car defects that may have affected your driving.

Our team of road traffic offence solicitors, led by Gwyn Lewis will build a strong case to defend your interests. This may involve taking a detailed account of what happened, collecting statements from witnesses and requesting reports from mechanics and other experts.

In one of our successful cases, a client was facing charges and a 12-month ban due to overtaking across solid double white line markings in the middle of the motorway. We defended the client by proving that it was impossible to establish that the line marking was complete and visible at the time of the alleged offence, resulting in our client being acquitted.

serious and fatal injury by dangerous driving

If your dangerous driving caused injury equivalent to grievous bodily harm (GBH) or was responsible for somebody’s death, an outcome which can often be out of your control, penalties are incredibly severe. The length of imprisonment extends from a maximum of two years to five years for a serious injury and up to 14 years for a death.

why choose us?

The specialist driving offence team at Burton Copeland has decades worth of experience in defending drivers who have been accused of driving dangerously. Led by skilled solicitor Gwyn Lewis, the team works diligently, devising strategies to successfully defend clients in and out of the courtroom.

Thanks to our determination to provide a service built on trust, respect and ingenuity, we have an enviable track record in helping clients receive outcomes that protect their interests and have received recognition from leading law directory Chambers and Partners.

contact us today

To speak to a solicitor about an allegation of dangerous driving, get in touch with Burton Copeland today by calling 0161 827 9500 . Alternatively, fill in our online form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.