Likely sentence or penalty
Triable either in the Magistrates Court or the Crown Court. The maximum when tried in the Magistrates is a Level 5 fine and/or 6 months imprisonment. The maximum when tried in the Crown Court is 2 years imprisonment. The court must endorse the licence and disqualify for at least 12 months. The court must also order an extended re-test and will disqualify for at least 2 years if the offender has had two or more disqualifications for periods of 56 days or more in preceding 3 years.
A conviction will lead to an automatic disqualification for a period of time and a requirement to remain disqualified indefinitely until such time as the person has passed an extended driving test.
It also carries a high likelihood of receiving a prison sentence.
There are a number of possible defences to this allegation. The offence is to be distinguished from the less serious offence of careless driving. This is because to be guilty of dangerous driving the standard of driving has to fall far below the standard of a competent driver.
It is highly recommended that you seek advice from specialist motoring or criminal defence lawyers who will either be able to help you avoid a conviction or limit the damage by securing a reduced sentence.
Rose & Dunn can represent you for a fixed fee or possibly on legal aid. Contact us for further advice and assistance including a free initial appraisal of your case with no obligation.
Minor and major offences
Whatever the problem we are here to help. A minor offence could turn our to be a major problem if it means that you reach 12 or more points on your licence and be liable for disqualification under the totting up procedure. If you value your licence remember that if you have to pay for our services we will always agree to act for you a for a fixed fee or agree not to exceed a maximum fee regardless of the amount of work that we do for you.
Rose & Dunn are specialist criminal defence and motoring law solicitors and higher courts advocates. We can be contacted at any time of day or night. If you need emergency police station assistance contact us using any of the methods below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.