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Causing death by dangerous driving

What is death by dangerous driving?

Death by dangerous driving is the most serious of the driving offences and if convicted you will almost certainly receive a prison sentence. To be found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving the prosecution need to prove that your driving would have been obviously dangerous to a reasonably competent driver and that your driving was the cause of death of another person. Examples of dangerous driving include:

  • Competitive driving
  • Deliberate disregard of traffic signals
  • Driving on pavements
  • Dangerous overtaking
  • Driving at high speeds

The definition of dangerous driving within this offence is not just restricted to you having driven a car in a dangerous manner but also includes driving a vehicle which is in a dangerous condition, driving under the influence of excess alcohol or under the influence of drugs. In relation to driving a vehicle which is in a dangerous condition, the prosecution would have to prove that you should have known driving a vehicle in such a condition would have been dangerous.

Sentencing for death by dangerous driving

Due to the seriousness of this offence it can only be dealt with in the Crown Court. If found guilty the Court could sentence you to a maximum of 14 years in prison and disqualify you from driving for a minimum of two years with a requirement that you sit an extended driving test.

Available defences

There are a number of defences available to you for the offence of causing death by dangerous driving. Examples include:

  • Your driving was not obviously dangerous to a reasonably competent driver
  • Your driving was not the cause of the death of the other person

At Ullah Law Associates we are able to advise whether any of the defences are available to you and to deal with your matter accordingly.

What can Ullah Law Associates do for you?

At Ullah Law Associates our team of extensively experienced solicitors understand the gravity of this offence and that the maximum sentence of up to14 years imprisonment can have a huge impact on your life. We will endeavour to do all we can to help you; what’s more, in particular circumstances we have in the past been able to successfully defend individuals who have been charged with this offence.

What to do next

Contact our criminal defence solicitors for advice

If you want the best possible criminal advice, call our criminal defence solicitors on 0208 830 4800. If you are calling out of normal office hours, phone our 24 hour emergency number 07903 734451. Alternatively Fill out the online inquiry form and a member of the team will contact you for a confidential discussion.

Causing death by dangerous driving

What is death by dangerous driving?

Death by dangerous driving is the most serious of the driving offences and if convicted you will almost certainly receive a prison sentence. To be found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving the prosecution need to prove that your driving would have been obviously dangerous to a reasonably competent driver and that your driving was the cause of death of another person. Examples of dangerous driving include:

  • Competitive driving
  • Deliberate disregard of traffic signals
  • Driving on pavements
  • Dangerous overtaking
  • Driving at high speeds

The definition of dangerous driving within this offence is not just restricted to you having driven a car in a dangerous manner but also includes driving a vehicle which is in a dangerous condition, driving under the influence of excess alcohol or under the influence of drugs. In relation to driving a vehicle which is in a dangerous condition, the prosecution would have to prove that you should have known driving a vehicle in such a condition would have been dangerous.

Sentencing for death by dangerous driving

Due to the seriousness of this offence it can only be dealt with in the Crown Court. If found guilty the Court could sentence you to a maximum of 14 years in prison and disqualify you from driving for a minimum of two years with a requirement that you sit an extended driving test.

Available defences

There are a number of defences available to you for the offence of causing death by dangerous driving. Examples include:

  • Your driving was not obviously dangerous to a reasonably competent driver
  • Your driving was not the cause of the death of the other person

At Ullah Law Associates we are able to advise whether any of the defences are available to you and to deal with your matter accordingly.

What can Ullah Law Associates do for you?

At Ullah Law Associates our team of extensively experienced solicitors understand the gravity of this offence and that the maximum sentence of up to14 years imprisonment can have a huge impact on your life. We will endeavour to do all we can to help you; what’s more, in particular circumstances we have in the past been able to successfully defend individuals who have been charged with this offence.

What to do next

Contact our criminal defence solicitors for advice

If you want the best possible criminal advice, call our criminal defence solicitors on 0208 830 4800. If you are calling out of normal office hours, phone our 24 hour emergency number 07903 734451. Alternatively Fill out the online inquiry form and a member of the team will contact you for a confidential discussion.
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