At Geoffrey Miller Solicitors we know that people facing dangerous driving offences are scared of the possible penalties that a dangerous driving charge carries. There’s no need for you to go through this alone, you can discuss your options free of change with an expert solicitor that specialises in dangerous driving offences by calling Freephone 0800 085 2784 today.
Dangerous driving is a serious motoring offence and the penalties for dangerous driving are very severe with a prison sentence being a real possibility. However, when you call our solicitors we can guide you through your options free of charge.
Geoffrey Miller Solicitors has an astounding track record of securing not guilty verdicts (acquittals) or alternative charges of careless driving convictions in the vast majority of the dangerous driving defences we prepare for our clients.
Below are some more details of the options we can offer to you for your defence or damage limitation. There’s a lot of information so if you would rather just pick up the phone and talk things through please call Freephone 0800 085 2784. You can discuss your options free of charge with an expert dangerous driving lawyer on the Geoffrey Miller team. Our phones are manned 24 hours a day by real lawyers (not in a call centre) all of whom are experts in the field of UK motoring law with specific emphasis on dangerous driving cases.
Definition of dangerous driving offences under current UK law: prosecutions must contain the ingredient that your driving is alleged to have fallen far below the standard expected of a competent driver and it would be obvious to a competent driver that the manner of your driving would be dangerous. S 2. Road Traffic Act 1988.
The dangerous driving offence is known as an “either way” motoring offence because it can be heard in the Magistrates’ Court where sentencing powers are more limited with a maximum penalty of a 6 months prison term. If the case is heard in the Crown Court the case would be heard by a jury but sentencing powers are greater so that the convicted defendant could face up to 2 years in prison.
Wherever your case is heard, and sometimes this choice is not in your hands, the wording of the offence makes it easily open to interpretation, The facts of every dangerous driving case we have been involved in and the way they are presented have made a crucial difference to the outcome of every one of our dangerous driving cases.
Examples of dangerous driving cases we have been involved in are:
- Driving aggressively or racing;
- Overtaking in an unsafe manner - particularly undertaking;
- Knowingly driving an unsafe vehicle;
- Being distracted whilst driving e.g. reading a map, smoking, eating, drinking, driving using a mobile phone or using an mp3 player;
- Causing injury to others; and
- Ignoring traffic signs or signals.
This list is not exhaustive and dangerous driving allegations are brought on the merits of the case as considered by the Police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). The offence of causing death by dangerous driving is a separate offence carrying even more severe penalties. If your case unfortunately involves a fatality, please contact us as a matter of urgency as the offence of death by dangerous driving is the most serious of motor offences and requires more detailed advice.
Pleading Guilty to a Dangerous Driving Offence
The penalties for dangerous driving offences in the UK can be far reaching and to some people, life changing. Please take a look at our penalty pdf for more specific details of the penalty you could be facing for a dangerous driving conviction. The penalty will be based on a number of factors including how long the incident of dangerous driving lasted, whether there is evidence or excessive speed and whether the road you were on was busy and in a built up area.
The minimum penalty for dangerous driving is a 12 month ban with a compulsory extended retest but it is quite possible that you will face a prison term or a community penalty if you are convicted.
If you have already decided that you wish to plead guilty then Geoffrey Miller Solicitors offer a cost effective fixed fee “damage limitation” service for pleading guilty to dangerous driving cases. This is not your only option though so please keep reading or better still, get in touch with our solicitors right now by calling Freephone 0800 085 2784 to discuss your options free of charge with an expert dangerous driving lawyer at Geoffrey Miller Solicitors. Our phones are manned 24 hours a day by real lawyers (not in a call centre) all of whom are experts in the field of motoring law.
Pleading Not Guilty to a Dangerous Driving Offence
Dangerous driving prosecutions invariably start with a police station interview arranged some time after the incident giving rise to the court case. Geoffrey Miller Solicitors have had enormous success at ensuring the case doesn’t get past this initial stage. By involving our expert dangerous driving solicitors at the earliest opportunity it is quite possible that you could avoid prosecution altogether.
We won’t know exactly what work (and cost) is going to be involved in your case until you make contact with us so please call us now on Freephone 0800 085 2784. Our team of specialist dangerous driving lawyers will be glad to discuss your options free of charge. Our phones lines are manned 24 hours a day by real lawyers (not in a call centre) all of whom are experts in the field of UK motoring laws.
If you defend a dangerous driving prosecution you will be allowed to continue to drive and your driving licence would only be affected by a ban if you are convicted. Our statistics show that in the majority of dangerous driving cases in the firm's 10 year history we have either achieved acquittals or alternative findings of careless driving, which is a far lesser offence that is interchangeable with dangerous driving.
Please take the time to look at our dangerous driving case studies and testimonials from clients who would not be driving today if it were not for our expert dangerous driving lawyers’ involvement in their case.
Special Tactics in Dangerous Driving Cases
As experts in the field of defending dangerous driving offences Geoffrey Miller Solicitors have picked up a number of special strategies and tactics in our time. The majority of solicitors specialising in motoring law will be unaware of how Geoffrey Miller Solicitors achieves its results and we are not about to publish the secrets of our success on our website! However, we are happy to share details of what we can do for you if you wish to get in touch for a “no strings” chat about defending your dangerous driving allegation.
Punishment for Dangerous Driving Offence
This depends on which court decides on your penalty.
If your dangerous driving case is heard in the Magistrates’ Court, you face up to £5,000 fine, up to 6 months imprisonment and a minimum period of a year of mandatory disqualification with a compulsory extended retest before you can drive again.
If your case is heard in the Crown Court, they have wider sentencing powers and can impose a prison sentence for up to a maximum of 2 years and again you face a minimum 12 months dangerous driving ban with a compulsory extended retest before you can drive again.
Please take a look at our penalty pdf for a more accurate idea of the penalty you face for dangerous driving.
Call us now on Freephone 0800 085 27 84 to speak to one of our specialist drink driving solicitors.
Special Notes on Fees For Dangerous Driving Offences
Many of our clients have instructed us with the benefit of their legal expense insurance contributing towards their legal fees. Most legal expenses insurers will seek to appoint their panel solicitors to deal with your case to keep their costs down, but your policy will definitely enable you freedom of choice to appoint Geoffrey Miller Solicitors.
A dangerous driving prosecution is too serious for you to entrust your fate to non-experts who may be competent to deal with basic factual points in your case, but will certainly not match the expertise and knowledge of the dangerous driving solicitors within our team at Geoffrey Miller Solicitors. We expect you may have never had to discuss matters like these before with your insurers and so we are more than happy to liaise with your insurers about the possibility of their funding your representation. This is something we can discuss with you when you get in touch.
Call Geoffrey Miller Solicitors on Freephone 0800 085 2784 or contact us by email.
Not Sure What to Do?
Most people who get in touch with our team of motor offence expert solicitors are uncertain of their options. They are unaware of any legal defences that may be available and find it difficult to believe that it might be possible to defend the dangerous driving charge they face by using loopholes that apply to the rich and famous! We do represent celebrities but we also represent many hardworking motorists like Brian and we want to help you make the right choice about what you do next.
We are always more than happy to chat things through with potential clients Free of Charge. Call us now on Freephone 0800 085 2784 to speak to one of our specialist motoring offence solicitors. It is only once you decide to instruct us that payment will become necessary and we can often arrange instalment plans to assist you. Many satisfied clients have thanked us for offering this free consultation service as it has prevented them from following inaccurate non-expert advice which could have led to them accepting a driving ban unnecessarily.
If you would like to spend more time browsing on the site before you get in touch, make sure you have a look at our specialist motor offence guidance features such as our penalty calculator which will help you to determine the penalty you may face if convicted and our money saving calculator which helps to outline some of the hidden costs of accepting a conviction.
We think we are simply the best in the business but if you are not satisfied in taking our word for it, our unique “ref me” testimonials scheme allows you to contact previous clients of the firm to seek a completely independent reference about us and what we might be able to do for you.