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Dangerous Driving

Dangerous driving is one of the more serious driving offences.  It is charged where the standard of driving has gone beyond merely careless driving and is deemed to be dangerous.

This can include things that cause an obvious danger like driving on the pavement, racing or high speed chases, but it can also include such things as using a mobile phone for a prolonged period, driving while tired or unwell or with an overloaded vehicle.

A conviction for the offence would result in at least a community order and very often custodial sentence of up to 2 years.

The offence also comes with a minimum period of disqualification of 12 months and, in addition, any dangerous driving offence will require an extended re-test before your licence will be returned.

Given the seriousness of the outcome, early advice is essential in preparing a defence or mitigating the penalties as much as possible in order to avoid or reduce the length of any sentence and disqualification.

How we can help

Give yourself a head start by getting in touch with us early on to discuss your case. Our criminal defence solicitors Michael Gupwell, Partner and Maxine Twynam have specialised in criminal law for over 30 years and can offer a bespoke, personal and proactive service to clients.   They have extensive experience in representing clients accused of such offences at the police station and at court.

We are here to help, so get in touch with our Bristol office on 0117 929 2811

Our Guides on Driving and Road Offences are available here.

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"I contacted Wards solicitors after I was informed I was being charged with a criminal offence that I did not commit. I was put in touch with Maxine, a Criminal Defence specialist. Maxine was professional and kind, she advised me and supported me through every step of the process from our initial meeting, to the eventual trail. Nothing was too much trouble for Maxine and the team at Wards, they were always on hand to answer questions. I will be forever grateful to everyone involved for their professional yet compassionate approach to my case and for securing the result that has given me my life back, thank you all."