What if I do not qualify for Legal Aid?
Remember you have the right to have a solicitor or an accredited police station representative attend any police interviews with you regardless of your Legal Aid eligibility. Further, you may request the duty solicitor to support you during your interview at the police station and this service is free of charge.
Protecting your rights and defence is of paramount importance in any legal case. Please do not hesitate to contact our team who will be able to clearly detail your options for funding any future defence case.
Is Legal Aid available?
Legal Aid can be given to a person to help them fund their defence in any situation that requires a court appearance. However, it is means tested and so is only available to a limited amount of people.
When shall I contact DPP Law?
We can begin to help and represent you from your initial arrest right through to any court appearances and appeals that may follow. If we are with you from the start of the journey it allows us to gain a comprehensive knowledge of the case against you as well as giving us a total understanding of your defence. This puts us in the perfect place to examine the evidence and challenge it where necessary.
Causing death by careless or dangerous driving
A person is driving dangerously when the way they drive falls far below the standard expected of a competent and careful driver. Common examples are ignoring traffic lights, speeding, overtaking dangerously, using a hand-held mobile phone or being unfit to drive due to drink, drugs or a medical condition.
A person drives carelessly when they fall below the minimum acceptable standard for a competent and careful driver. This includes overtaking on the inside, driving through a red light by mistake and driving too close to another vehicle.
Depending on the amount of danger caused by the careless or dangerous nature of the driver, this offence can carry a sentence of up to 14 years imprisonment as well as long term bans from driving.
The serious nature of this offence and its potential consequences means that you should gain top quality legal advice immediately on being arrested or charged. To assist you with this our experienced team is on hand to provide you with the advice and support that you need.
You may not drive a motor vehicle on a public road with a level of alcohol in your system that is above the legal limit. The amount you can drink and stay under the limit is different for every person depending on your weight, gender, diet, stress levels and age.
The limit is:
- 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood
- 35mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath
- 107mg of alcohol per 100ml of urine
Drink driving carries a possible automatic disqualification of 12 months, though this may be increased to 60 months for repeat offenders or for particularly serious cases – the latter may also lead to prison sentences from the court.
Driving while disqualified
Driving while disqualified is a more serious offence than many people realise. It is an offence that will lead to your arrest if you are caught. This will mean you will be taken to the police station to be questioned and we highly recommend that you contact our 24/7 team at this point for the advice and support you will need to best represent your case.
The penalty for this offence can include 6 points on your licence, a fine of up to £5,000, up to 6 months imprisonment and some form community service.
What are serious driving offences?
A serious driving offence is any offence that cannot simply be punished by a fixed penalty, such as when an offender receives a speeding fine. Therefore, the term covers a range of offences including driving while disqualified, drink driving and causing death by careless or dangerous driving.
Why use DPP Law for serious driving offences?
Since 1982 we have been representing clients across England and Wales who have been charged with a variety of serious driving offences. Our decades of experience has brought every type of driving case to our door which means we are always ready to craft the best defence possible from the facts that you provide.
However, what we don’t do is make claims that cannot be met. If you are innocent of the offence you are charged with then we will make sure that your case is presented and represented by our talented in-house advocates to the highest standard.
If you are found guilty we will provide the details that mitigate your actions and by doing so ensure that you will have receive the most favourable sentence possible.
Further, we will look at your options to appeal and make certain that you understand the appeals system in a way that allows you to make an educated choice on the matter.