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Death by dangerous driving

If you are being investigated, or prosecuted, for causing death by driving please contact me today for free initial advice and assistance.

Causing death by dangerous driving

This is when a person’s driving is a cause or factor in the death of another and the driving is dangerous. Dangerous driving is when the level of driving falls far below the standard of a competent and careful driver.

Causing death by dangerous driving can only be dealt with in the Crown Court. It carries a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment and a minimum disqualification period of two years unless special reasons are found not to disqualify in which case the court must endorse the driver’s licence with 3 to 11 penalty points again unless special reasons are found not to do so. An extended retest is also mandatory.

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Causing death by careless driving

The only difference between this offence and the offence of causing death by dangerous driving is the standard of driving. For the offence of causing death by careless driving, careless driving involves driving which is below the standard of the competent and careful driver.

The offence of causing death by careless driving can be dealt with in the Magistrates’ Court or the Crown Court.

If the matter is dealt with in the Crown Court the maximum penalty is up to 5 years in prison with a minimum mandatory disqualification period of 12 months or 3 to 11 penalty points where special reasons are found not to disqualify.

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Causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs

This offence occurs when a vehicle is driven on a road or other public place and the driving has caused the death of another person. The driving was without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users and the driver is either unfit through drink or drugs, or the alcohol concentration is over the prescribed limited, or there has been a failure to provide a specimen.

The maximum sentence is up to 14 years imprisonment and disqualification for a minimum of two years (or three years where there is a relevant previous conviction) unless there are special reasons for not doing so in which case 3 to 11 penalty points must be imposed again unless there are special reasons found not to do so.

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