Dangerous Driving Offences

Dangerous driving is a criminal offence and is one of the most serious driving offences you can commit, which is reflected in the punishments that follow. Bearing that in mind, there are a number of factors that can affect the situation and eventual outcome of your case.

Using Phone While Driving - Dangerous Driving

What is dangerous driving?

You will be found guilty of dangerous driving when it is proven beyond reasonable doubt that the standard of your driving fell far below what would be expected of a competent and careful driver and it would be obvious to that driver that driving in the way alleged would be dangerous.

You can also be found guilty of dangerous driving as a consequence of the current state of your vehicle, if to a competent driver it would be obvious that driving it would be dangerous.

Driving offences that involve mobile phones and tighter legislation have led to an increase in dangerous driving prosecutions in recent years.


The punishments that accompany dangerous driving reflect the seriousness of the offence. If you are convicted of dangerous driving, you risk facing a prison sentence and automatic disqualification for at least 12 months. Following on from that, before you are eligible to drive again, you will also have to take an extended driving test at more expense.

Depending on the severity of the situation, your case will either be heard in the Magistrates' Court or the Crown Court. We can help to advise you on the best course of action at this stage to make sure your case is heard in the appropriate venue.

If your case is heard in the Magistrates', the sentence could be a £5000 maximum fine or a 6 month maximum prison sentence. Initially, the Magistrates are encouraged to consider custody and they must disqualify the driver for at least 12 months with an extended retest. If there are any special reasons connected to the incident, Magistrates' may endorse your licence with between 3 and 11 points instead of imposing a disqualification.

A judge in the Crown Court may impose an unlimited fine, a disqualification and a maximum 2 year prison sentence.

Your defence

There are a number of things your solicitor can do for you to defend or mitigate your circumstances in front of a judge. The impact of a driving ban on your life, previous driving offences and your individual character will all go a long way to mitigate your circumstances.

What we can do to help

Having your driving licence taken away or facing a possible custodial sentence is a daunting experience especially if your licence is your livelihood. Dangerous driving doesn't have to lead to a conviction in every situation. Mounting a defence against dangerous driving is complex and needs expert advice. Depending on the legal arguments put forward on your behalf, you'll either be free to drive again or you may end up behind bars. This is why choosing the right solicitor for the job is essential.

As specialists in motoring offences, we can make sure that you get the best possible outcome. Contact us immediately, as early advice and police station representation can dramatically affect the outcome of your case.


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Julie Robertson - Motoring Offences and Criminal Defence Solicitor - Manchester

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Partner, Head of Motoring & Criminal Defences

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