Dangerous Driving

Dangerous driving is the sort of charge regularly heard in the Magistrates Court.

This charge is generally laid in situations where a person drives a motor vehicle and while doing so is speeding or drives in a manner which is dangerous to the public.

In essence to prove this charge the Police must prove that the accused was speeding whilst driving a motor vehicle or drove a motor vehicle in a manner which was dangerous to the public.

Defences to this can be a factual dispute or wrongful identification.

You should ring us and discuss your case if you have been charged.

Deciding on whether to plead guilty or not has important implications for you and should be made after proper discussions with a criminal lawyer.

This is legislation that comes from section 64 of the Road Safety Act 1986.

Possible Defences

  • Necessity
  • Charges are Statute Barred
  • Factual Dispute/Beyond Reasonable Doubt

Penalties

  • Deferral of Sentencing
  • Without Conviction Order
  • Adjournment of the Charges on Undertaking (Good Behaviour Bond)
  • Fine
  • Community Corrections Order
  • Suspended Prison Sentence
  • Term of Imprisonment

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