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Death by Dangerous DrivingMeet the team
The death by dangerous driving solicitors at DPP Law have represented a large number of serious driving offence cases over the years and always manage each case with diligence and expertise in order to help alleviate your sentence. We will approach your case extremely sensitively and professionally with regards to all parties involved – examining evidence and working through everything with you step by step in order to achieve the best possible outcome. If you are facing a death by dangerous driving allegation, contact DPP Law for immediate legal assistance.
A person who is handed a death by dangerous driving conviction will have caused the death of another person by driving a vehicle dangerously or carelessly on the road or in another public place.
Cases of this kind can be complicated and need to be managed and represented by experienced death by dangerous driving solicitors in order to receive the best possible outcome given the circumstances.
Death By Dangerous Driving Implications
The maximum sentence for death by dangerous driving currently stands at 14 years, though there have been recent calls to extend this to life in prison. It’s also highly likely that you will be disqualified from driving for at least 2 years, beginning when your custodial term comes to an end, and once you are permitted to get behind the wheel again, you will probably be required to take an extended test to regain your license.
Making contact with our death by dangerous driving solicitors will significantly increase the likelihood of your successfully arguing that your driving could not be described as dangerous, that the fault was not your own or that there were other mitigating features present.
You may be tried for causing death by dangerous driving if you are arrested for any of the following:
- Causing death by careless driving
- Causing death by driving without due care and attention
- Causing death by driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
You may also be charged with causing death as the result of:
- Driving aggressively
- Ignoring traffic lights or road signs
- Overtaking dangerously
- Driving when unfit, such as with an injury
- Being avoidably and dangerously distracted, such as using a mobile phone whilst driving
If other individuals were injured but not killed in the collision, you may also face charges of:
- Causing serious injury by dangerous driving
- Causing serious injury when disqualified from driving
Frequently Asked Questions
What is causing death by dangerous driving?
According to the Sentencing Council, a death by dangerous driving allegation can be made if a person has caused a fatality as a result of the standard of their driving falling far below what would be expected of a competent and careful driver and it being obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving in that way would be dangerous.
A charge of causing death by dangerous driving may be rejected in favour of one of causing death by careless driving or causing death by driving without due care and attention, but all of these offences come with serious penalties – so whatever your charge, you should make contact with death by dangerous driving solicitors as a matter of urgency.
What is the maximum penalty for causing death by dangerous or intoxicated driving?
A dangerous driving charge aggravated by intoxication is currently punishable by a jail term of up to 14 years. However, the maximum sentence for death by dangerous driving may soon increase to life in prison.
What are the penalties for causing serious injury by dangerous driving?
If tried at Crown Court, a person found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving faces a maximum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment and/or a fine. If they are tried at a Magistrate’s Court, the maximum is 6 months imprisonment and/or a fine. The guilty party will also be disqualified from driving for at least 2 years and required to take an extended retest.
The death by dangerous driving solicitors at DPP Law will assist you in contesting any careless or dangerous driving allegations. Contact us now to discuss your case.