Serious Driving Offences

The psychological, practical and legal impact of dealing with a driving penalty is made easier when an expert legal team is handling the case. DPP Law has been working with people to get over their driving offences since 1982, so the team is the top choice for having the strong case and the best outcome.

What can you expect when you are accused or charged with a driving offence?

Driving offences can range in severity but most commonly involve an on-the-spot fine or a warning if you are deemed to not be in full control of a vehicle, drink-driving or distracted by using a mobile phone.

You can also receive points on your licence that can build up over time. This is called ‘totting up’ and can lead to a more severe penalty overall if you receive more than 12 points, such as a heavy fine or even a driving ban.

For more serious offences such as careless or dangerous driving you may have put other road users at risk, and will therefore face a heavy fine or even prison time.

Let DPP Law take the stress away by handling your legal case

Here at DPP, our experienced motoring offence solicitors are experts in handling all types of driving offence cases.

Our solicitors are well-experienced in helping those accused of driving offences and can help defend you in circumstances such as:

  • Totting up points from minor offences such as speeding
  • Driving under the influence of drink or drugs
  • Driving without insurance, a valid licence or a valid MOT
  • Driving whilst disqualified
  • Driving without due care and attention (Careless driving)
  • Dangerous Driving

This area covers both non-serious and serious driving offences, which is classified as “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, drunk driving and causing death by careless or dangerous driving.

Speak with experts today for a strong foundation to build on.

We’re here to help anyone dealing with a driving penalty, offering advice and professional representation to all.

DPP Law has been working with people to get over their driving offences since 1982, so our solicitors understand the psychological, practical and legal impact of bearing any driving offence which is exactly why you should contact DPP Law’s driving offence solicitors today.

For further advice on how to deal with being accused of a driving offence, speak to the expert team at DPP Law.

Driving Offences: Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to attend court for a driving offence?

Attending court for a driving offence is not necessarily required, however, it’s recommended and can be compulsory depending on whether you’re pleading guilty or not. This is due to the fact that you’ll need to be present if you’d like to assist in providing evidence before the Court. If you decide to please guilty, you will be required to attend court, as there is a possibility that you’ll be receiving a disqualification from driving.

Do driving offences show on a CRB?

Driving offences are not necessarily highlighted on a CRB, depending on a number of factors. For a driving offence to be left off of a CRB, the offence must have occurred over 11 years ago and not resulted in a custodial sentence. This circumstance would also require you to have been over 18 at the time of the offence, and be your only offence. Otherwise, it will be highlighted on a CRB.

Is there a time limit on driving offences?

For most summary road traffic offences there is a six-month time limit. However, if it is a statutory offence, there can be exceptions to the rule. Following directly after the offence, there is a 14 day period in which prosecution can be pursued.

Is death by dangerous driving manslaughter?

Yes, death by dangerous driving is a form of manslaughter in British criminal law. It occurs when a person causes the death of another person by driving a vehicle dangerously. Dangerous driving refers to driving that falls far below the standard expected of a competent and careful driver and poses a risk of injury or harm to other road users or members of the public. If a person is charged with death by dangerous driving and is found guilty, they may face a prison sentence, disqualification from driving, and other penalties.

What is the difference between causing death by dangerous driving and careless driving?

Causing death by dangerous driving and careless driving are both driving-related offences, but differ in their level of severity and culpability. Careless driving refers to driving that falls below the expected standard, while dangerous driving poses a serious risk of danger and causes the death of another. The penalty for causing death by dangerous driving is typically more severe.

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