Causing Death by Dangerous Driving
Whilst many driving offences are relatively minor, if you have caused a fatal traffic accident it becomes a much more serious crime. DPP Law’s driving offence solicitors can assist you with your individual case and provide appropriate guidance if you are facing possible prison time.
How can DPP Law help?
Our team of solicitors are able to provide advice and support for those charged with causing death by dangerous driving, along with preparing you for your court appearance. Death by dangerous driving cases aren’t always straightforward, and there can be many different details to consider in order to reach the final verdict.
We will always aim to provide a robust defence in order to reach the most favourable outcome for your case. Depending on the circumstances, your sentence might instead be changed to:
- Causing death by careless driving – if you were found to be driving inconsiderately, but not dangerously, but still caused a fatal accident. The sentence can be up to 5 years in prison
- Causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs – you may receive this sentence if you were under the influence, which led to you driving inconsiderately and causing a fatal accident. The sentence can be up to 14 years
What is the maximum penalty for causing death by dangerous driving?
There is a maximum sentence of 14 years if you are found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving. You will additionally be banned from driving for a minimum of two years and will have to take a retest if you want to drive again in the future.
There are also further circumstances to consider if you are unlicensed, already disqualified or uninsured at the time of the incident. This can add further time onto your sentence in the long run.
If you have been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and you need advice, speak to the solicitors at DPP Law today.