Dangerous Driving Defence Lawyer
Unlike careless driving, where you simply get a fine and may possibly lose some demerit points- a dangerous driving charge is a criminal offence.
It is the most serious offence behind a vehicle and depending on if the charge is driving dangerously or if it caused bodily harm of death you could face:
- Jail time
- Mandatory license suspension of 1 year
- Considered a high-risk driver with high insurance payments
- Criminal record
With this type of charge, police must prove that you decided to drive dangerously in a public area, but they don’t have to provide proof of an accident as a result. Common dangerous driving charges are extreme and unnecessary speeding, passing a school bus or emergency vehicle, driving too fast for weather conditions, racing, impaired driving, and aggressive driving such as tailgating the car in front of you.
If you are charged with dangerous driving you face up to five years in prison, if the driving act doesn’t cause injury or damage to a property. But if it does cause injury or death, the sentence increases to 10 years.If you are being investigated for this charge, you need to use your right to remain silent and then exercise your right to be represented. Many times, your statement is used against you as evidence, so it is best not to say anything. However, if you did make a statement, don’t worry there are ways to get them excluded in court due to lack of rights to counsel, or if it was given under a promise or coercion.