Death by dangerous driving is an extremely grave offence. It is treated very seriously by the prosecuting authorities, and if a robust defence isn’t led against the charge, a conviction can result in a prison sentence of up to 14 years. The penalty for having committed death by dangerous driving also includes a minimum disqualification of two years with a compulsory extended driving test should the offender want to apply for a license after their ban has lifted.
The offence of death by dangerous driving is found in section 1 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. It is committed when someone causes the death of another person because they were driving in a way that obviously fell far below the standard expected of a competent and careful driver. It’s important to bear in mind that driving needn’t have been the main or only cause of death. It’s sufficient if the driving contributed to the death of another person. Instances of driving dangerously include speeding, driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition, driving under the influence of drink or drugs, driving while distracted (such as while on a mobile phone) or driving aggressively.
Any fatality following a road traffic accident will have a devastating impact on all those involved, including those charged with the offence of causing death by dangerous driving. At MJS, we understand the great deal of stress those accused of the offence, and their families, will be put under. Our expert driving offence solicitors pride themselves on preparing a strong defence and getting the best possible result for our clients.
Contact our Dangerous Driving Defence Lawyers Scotland
Our road traffic solicitors can assist by discussing your options with you confidentially, and are ready to fight your corner. We provide a fully comprehensive legal service from liaising with the police through to representing you in court. Call our criminal defence lawyers for a free, initial consultation in Dunfermline on 01383 730 466, in Kirkcaldy on 01592 640 680, in Alloa on 01259 725 922 or make an online enquiry.