Dangerous driving is arguably the most serious non-fatal road traffic offence in Scotland and although this offence was once reserved for the very worst drivers on our roads many drivers across Scotland are now regularly being prosecuted for dangerous driving. We understand that if you are charged with this offence that you not only face losing your driving licence but could also face losing your liberty, your job and even your home.
When so much is at stake it is essential that you get specialist legal representation and with an outstanding 100% success rate within the last 12 months our Mr Sheridan is the only specialist road traffic lawyer to take on your case.
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;
- Whether it would be obvious that the manner of driving is dangerous.
Every dangerous driving case is different and can involve a combination of different allegations including grossly excessive speed, racing, excessive braking, tailgating and undertaking. That’s why our approach is to carry out a bespoke and comprehensive investigation into the circumstances of each case including the examination of your vehicle, assessment of the road and weather conditions and a thorough examination of any equipment used by the police. This approach is key to our success in ensuring our client’s avoid the very serious penalties that apply upon conviction.
Penalties dangerous driving
The penalties upon conviction for dangerous driving are as follows:-
- A minimum obligatory twelve month disqualification from driving.
- The extended test of competency to drive must be passed before regaining a driving licence.
- In more serious cases, a prison sentence of up to 2 years and forfeiture of your vehicle.
It is important to note that the court has an alternative verdict of careless driving, under Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, available to it at all times. If you are convicted of this alternative charge there may remain a risk to your driving licence, but the Court can impose between 3-9 penalty points.
The difference between success and failure when facing a dangerous driving charge is a fine margin and the consequences of failure can be unthinkable. So don’t hesitate, act quickly and ensure you do all you can to save your driving licence, contact Scotland’s award winning road traffic lawyer on 0141 465 3333 NOW!