Dangerous Driving

Have you been accused of dangerous driving? Call 0330 111 6074 for free initial advice and help from a specialist motoring offence solicitor.

Dangerous driving is a serious offence that is usually dealt with in the Crown Court. It is more serious than careless or inconsiderate driving and can result in a prison sentence.

If the police have accused you of dangerous driving and you want to challenge the case against you, I may be able to help. Are you worried about a long driving ban or even a prison sentence for dangerous driving? I can help with that too.

Do Not Confuse With

  • Careless driving
  • Inconsiderate driving
  • Driving without due care and attention
  • Reckless driving
  • Wanton or furious driving

Penalties for Dangerous Driving

The maximum sentence for dangerous driving is:

  • 2 years in prison
  • A minimum driving disqualification of 12 months and an extended retest

Sentencing Guidelines

When a magistrates’ court sentences someone for dangerous driving they use these guidelines.

Examples of nature of activity Starting point Range
Single incident where little or no damage or risk of personal injury Medium level community order Low level community order to high level community order
Disqualify 12 – 15 months
Incident(s) involving excessive speed or showing off, especially on busy roads or in built-up area; OR
Single incident where little or no damage or risk of personal injury but offender was disqualified driver
12 weeks custody High level community order to 26 weeks custody
Disqualify 15 – 24 months
Prolonged bad driving involving deliberate disregard for safety of others; OR
Incident(s) involving excessive speed or showing off, especially on busy roads or in built-up area, by disqualified driver; OGuidelinR
Driving as described in box above while being pursued by police
Crown Court Crown Court

Read this post to see how sentencing guidelines work.

Guidelines are produced by the Sentencing Council.

Crown Court or Magistrates’ Court?

Dangerous driving trials and guilty pleas can be heard in the Magistrates’ Court or the Crown Court depending on how serious the allegations are.

Dangerous driving at the Crown Court
Birmingham Crown Court by Elliott Brown

Things I Look Out For in a Dangerous Driving Case

  • Errors in the notice of intended prosecution (NIP)
  • Errors in the requirement to provide driver details (s.172 notice)
  • Is there any evidence that the accused was driving
  • Errors in procedure by the police
  • Errors in procedure by the prosecution
  • Can the prosecution prove that the standard of driving fell far below that of a competent driver
  • If the standard of driving fell below the standard of a competent driver, but not far below, is it really careless driving. See this post of more information.
  • Is it possible to negotiate a charge of careless or inconsiderate driving

Find Out more

Legal advice for a police interview

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