It is an offence for someone to drive a mechanically propelled vehicle in a manner that falls far below the standard expected of a careful and competent driver. A person convicted of dangerous driving can face up to 12 months in prison if convicted on summary complaint or up to 2 years in prison if convicted on indictment. In addition this offence carries a mandatory disqualification from driving for at least 12 months and the court will impose a requirement to sit the extended test of competency to drive before the convicted individual is allowed back on the road. This test is more demanding than the standard driving test and the theory test must also be retaken.
Dangerous driving is a very serious charge. The scenarios in which the Crown have alleged dangerous driving in the past are extremely wide-ranging. Some charges of dangerous driving can be reduced to the lesser charge of careless driving for which the penalties are far less severe. We can assist in negotiating with the prosecution to reduce the charge to one of careless driving or conducting trials to ensure you get the best possible result.