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Dangerous Driving Offence: Death by Dangerous Driving

One of the most serious offences in the entire field of motoring law is that of causing death by dangerous driving. The offence, which is an aggravated form of dangerous driving, is a statutory offence in England and Wales. Motorists across the UK who are found guilty of this offence can receive a prison sentence, as well as receiving other severe punishments.

The outcome of a trial where a motorist is accused of causing death by careless driving can be impacted by the level of legal assistance you get. By involving reliable motoring solicitors, you have the best possible chance of presenting a strong legal defence and detailing any mitigating factors.

Caddick Davies Solicitors provide a team of highly qualified motoring offences lawyers with in-depth experience in motoring law and serious crime experience. There is real importance in involving trusted and highly-qualified solicitors, with Caddick Davies’ experts very much experienced as Court advocates.

We possess an extensive knowledge of motoring law. We can combine our in-depth knowledge and vast experience with a strategic approach to build the best possible defence in any case where there is mitigating circumstances.

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What are the penalties for Causing Death by Dangerous Driving?

Causing death by dangerous driving leads to a range of serious punishments for the driver if found guilty. Currently, the death by dangerous driving sentence goes up to a maximum of 14 years, while in addition, you can be banned from driving for 2 or more years from your point of release. With such a conviction, this is mandatory and you would be required to retake your driving test to regain the licence.

In such cases, the motorist accused of the offence needs a motoring lawyer with a great deal of expertise to explore where they may be any mitigating elements that they can present to the court. You need a qualified and experienced solicitor who has had experience in such matters.

For motorists across England and Wales facing such allegations, Caddick Davies Solicitors are available to offer reliable legal assistance. Our ability to provide expert legal defence has allowed us to represent clients in a number of varying cases in Courts around the country. In some cases, we have been able to demonstrate the motorist was not guilty, and in other cases, we have assisted clients to receive a reduced Custodial Sentence.

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What factors are taken into account in a Death by Dangerous Driving case?

Caddick Davies are clear that we support safe and legal driving at all times, but we are also aware that there are cases where a motorist, even with a charge as serious as this, may have mitigating factors. We can offer a free initial consultation, and as we explore your case, if we believe there is a defence to be brought, we may well be able to take on representation of your case. We don’t bother you with complex legal details, we explain everything in clear and understandable terms so that you are aware of your legal options at all times.

We have an outstanding reputation as motoring offences lawyers and are highly respected in courts across the UK. We may be able to present mitigate factors by demonstrating:

  • It was a single incident with no prior history of such events
  • There was no recklessness, or complete disregard for safety
  • The incident was caused by a momentary lapse

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A momentary dangerous driving lapse resulting in a death may result in a shorter sentence of fewer than 2 years. For significantly worse driving, the sentence could be between 2 and 5 years. Extremely dangerous driving may receive imprisonment of over 5 years. The death by dangerous driving minimum sentence in the UK is 1 to 2 years, and this is only in cases where there are no aggravating circumstances.

How do I find the right legal help for my charge?

Causing death by careless driving is obviously a very serious charge, and when it comes to a case like this, you will need good defence solicitors, specialists who can evaluate the case properly to determine if it is possible to negotiate for a lesser charge with the prosecution. Death by dangerous driving across the UK is an offence you should of course never take lightly. We advise you to get a highly competent team of legal experts.

If you’re facing investigation or prosecution for causing death, either by dangerous or careless driving, do not hesitate to call us at Caddick Davies on 0151 280 3346.  You can also use our website to email or request us a callback and we’ll respond as soon as possible. Our expert dangerous driving solicitors will provide a non-obligatory consultation for free in order to look at your case and offer an honest appraisal.

Commonly Asked Questions About Careless Driving

Through the thorough preparation of your case we will put a strong argument before the court that the standard of your driving has not fallen below that of a careful and competent driver.

We will take detailed statements from both yourself and any other witness who may assist your case and trace any witness who is not known to you. Where appropriate we will instruct an expert to attend the scene of the alleged offence and prepare a report in support of your case.

If you find yourself with a Fixed Penalty or Summonsed to appear before the Magistrates’ Court for Careless Driving, please contact us for advice and a no obligation consultation on how we can help you.

In some cases the police may immediately offer you the opportunity to attend on a nationally approved driver improvement course in the alternative to prosecution. If you complete the course, no formal action will be take against you and you will not receive any points on your licence.

The course typically costs between £85 and £120 and lasts for 1 1/2 days.

If you reject the offer to attend on the course you can still challenge the prosecution against you before the court.

If the police have not offered you the chance to attend on a driver improvement course and have moved straight to prosecution and you want the opportunity to attend on a course, we can make representations to the prosecution that you should be allowed to attend on a driver improvement course. If the prosecution and the police agree to this, the case against you will be dropped once you have completed the course and you will receive no penalty points. You may even be eligible for a Defendant Costs Order so that we can recover the costs of your legal representation.

If you find yourself with a Fixed Penalty or Summonsed to appear before the Magistrates’ Court for Careless Driving, please contact us for advice and a no obligation consultation on how we can help you.

If the driving alleged to be careless was caused by a defect in your vehicle which was unknown to you and you could not have identified with reasonable prudence, you should be acquitted of the offence. To prove your innocence we will thoroughly prepare your case and instruct an expert vehicle examiner to inspect your vehicle and to present supporting evidence before the court. We will put the strongest possible defence to the court on your behalf.

If you find yourself with a Fixed Penalty or Summonsed to appear before the Magistrates’ Court for Careless Driving, please contact us for advice and a no obligation consultation on how we can help you.

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