If you’ve been charged with careless driving or dangerous driving, you need a specialist criminal lawyer. You’ve come to the right place
We’ve all been there — a moment of inattention and a near miss. But sometimes that near miss turns into an actual accident, which usually means police involvement. Or you might just be behaving badly on the road, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or acting out of road rage. Whatever the case might be, you need a specialist criminal lawyer on your side if you end up in court. And that’s where we come in.
Careless vs dangerous driving
The main distinction between the two offences is that dangerous driving is a criminal offence, whereas careless driving is not. This has very important implications for the outcome and your ultimate sentence. Being charged with careless driving doesn’t mean you lose your licence, where dangerous driving does.
In order for your driving to be considered “dangerous” police must be able to prove you were speeding or driving in a way which was dangerous to the public. That comes down to a consideration of a number of factors such as the condition of the road and vehicle, the number of people or cars around, and whether there was any alcohol or drugs involved.
Careless or dangerous driving causing death or grievous bodily harm
If you’ve been charged with this offence, then it’s extremely important that you engage our services immediately. For the careless driving version of the charge, the penalties for the offences have recently been doubled. You can now face up to 2 years imprisonment for the offence, and 6 months off the road as the minimum starting point. Recent experience has shown that imprisonment is within range for the offence, even if it was an accident. And for dangerous driving causing death or serious injury, the choice of lawyer means you have the best chance possible.
Why use a specialist criminal defence lawyer?
Because of the increased media attention and the rise of dashcam footage, these types of offences are receiving harsher and harsher penalties. With us on your side, we can ensure that everything possible is done to ensure you receive the minimum penalty. That includes using our connections with providers of road safety programs such as QTOP.
In addition, if drugs or alcohol had a part to play, we ensure that you receive any necessary medical intervention. Referrals to psychologists and psychiatrists can help reduce the penalty if applicable to your circumstances. We also ensure we have explored every detail of your personal life to keep you out of jail and moving forward with your life.