Dangerous Driving is one of the most serious non-fatal Road Traffic Offences in Scotland and if convicted, could result in disqualification from driving for a minimum of 12 months. No accident need have occurred for a driver to be charged with such an offence.
Clearly, a conviction for Dangerous Driving is likely to have a significant impact upon many aspects of a person’s life including family commitments, business and employment. DON’T PANIC!
If you have been charged with Dangerous Driving, we recommend that you seek trusted legal advice from an expert Road Traffic Lawyer without delay. Our award winning team of Road Traffic Defence Lawyers are highly experienced in dealing with Dangerous Driving cases and are on hand for a free initial consultation to talk through your case. Contact us today. It could mean the difference between conviction and acquittal.
What does Dangerous Driving mean?
The offence of Dangerous Driving is covered under section 2 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. The test applied by the courts is whether the standard of driving falls far below what would be expected of a reasonable and competent driver and thereafter whether it would be obvious to such a driver that the manner of driving is dangerous.
Many factors will be taken into consideration by the courts when assessing the standard of driving. Some of the driving behaviours which the courts have regularly deemed to be dangerous are grossly excessive speed, racing, excessive braking, tailgating, undertaking and a lack of concentration.
However, any single driving behaviour on its own is not necessarily dangerous and the court must consider the driving behaviours in context, so circumstances such as the volume of vehicular or pedestrian traffic and the weather conditions are very important.
A Dangerous Driving conviction typically results in a minimum obligatory 12-month disqualification from holding or obtaining a driving licence. Furthermore, the extended test of competency to drive must be passed before regaining a driving licence.
More serious cases of Dangerous Driving can also attract a prison sentence of up to two years and forfeiture of your vehicle.
When considering whether someone’s driving may be deemed to be dangerous, it is important to note that even if the court is not satisfied that the alleged driving was dangerous, an alternative verdict of Careless Driving under section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 may be reached.
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Our highly experienced Road Traffic Lawyers are experts in assessing the circumstances of your particular case and where we deem appropriate, negotiating an appropriate plea with the Procurator Fiscal to reduce your charge of Dangerous Driving to the alternative charge of Careless Driving. This will not only prevent you having to go to trial but reduce the range of penalties available to the court in sentencing you.
Although such a verdict may still pose a risk to your driving licence, it means that you could walk away with between 3-9 penalty points or at least a much-reduced disqualification period. Even if the matter does go to trial, it may be that the evidence supports either an acquittal or conviction of the lesser charge of Careless Driving.
In any event, there are clearly a variety of options in approaching your defence and your best chance of a successful outcome can only be met with the trusted advice of an expert Road Traffic Lawyer.
Scullion LAW has advised and represented clients from all corners of Scotland, including Dumfries, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness, in Dangerous Driving cases for almost 40 years. We take great pride in our dedication to delivering clear, uncomplicated, sound legal advice in a relaxed and friendly environment. We are here for you when you need it most.
Our highly accomplished team of expert Road Traffic Lawyers have honed their skills defending every kind of Road Traffic Offence in every Scottish court for many years.
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The difference between dangerous and Careless Driving is often a fine line. If you need your driving licence, it is absolutely critical that you are represented by a specialist Road Traffic Lawyer with an unrivalled knowledge of the law. DON’T PANIC! Contact our award winning team today. We cover all areas of Scotland including Glasgow, Hamilton, Lanark, Lanarkshire, Strathclyde, Edinburgh, Inverness, Bearsden, Bothwell, Uddingston, Stirling, Milngavie & Dumfries. Pop in to see us at our offices in Glasgow on 0141 374 2121 & Hamilton on 01698 283 265. Alternatively, you can message us on Facebook via Scullion LAW Road Traffic Experts or fill out our online form and we will call you back within 24 hours.
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