Have you been accused of Dangerous Driving? You will have important questions about your case which you will want to discuss. We always have lawyers available to speak with people about criminal allegations.
Police InterviewIf the Police want to interview in relation to a charge of Dangerous Driving, you should make sure you speak with a lawyer to understand your rights. A Police interview is an opportunity for the Police to gather more evidence against you, and it is important that you get legal advice as quickly as possible.
In some cases, the Police may question you roadside and you may not attend for a formal interview. Even if this is the case, you should call our firm before speaking with them, if possible.
Pleading Not GuiltyWe have many lawyers who are experienced at fighting charges of Dangerous Driving. We carefully examine the evidence gathered by Police and explore potential weaknesses in the case. There may be evidence missing that helps support your defence. For example:
- GPS data
- Dash cam footage
- CCTV footage
- Eye witness evidence
Pleading GuiltyWe know the importance of thoroughly preparing for a plea hearing to achieve the best result. If you decide to plead guilty to the charge of Dangerous Driving, we can refer you to relevant courses and counselling (if relevant), and gather material to present to the Court on your behalf. There is usually an explanation as to why something occurred, and we can work with you to present your story to the Court.
We will also advise you of the penalties so you completely understand what you are facing before deciding to plead guilty.
SentencingSentencing in the higher courts of AustraliaSentencing in the Magistrates’ Courts of Australia
- Some friends are doing burn outs in a car park
- A man is driving on the wrong side of the road through a busy intersection
- A woman is late to work and is speeding through a residential zone at 120km/hr
- A man is speeding past a primary school at 90km/hr
- You were not driving dangerously
Questions that are asked in cases like this:
- Were you actually speeding?
- Have the police misunderstood what actually happened?
- How do the police prove they knew what speed you were driving at?
Maximum penalty and court that deals with this charge
The maximum penalty for the offence of Dangerous Driving (s64 of the Road Safety Act 1986) is 120 penalty units or imprisonment for 12 months, or both.
This is the sort of charge regularly heard in the Magistrates’ Court.
What is the legal definition of Dangerous Driving?Driving a motor vehicle at a speed or in a manner which, in the circumstances of the case, is dangerous to the public.
“Was it actually dangerous?”
Other Important Resources
- Dangerous Driving cases 2006-2012
- FindLaw: Dangerous Driving
- >VCC summaries – dangerous driving: Sentencing decisions from 1 January 2016 to 31 August 2016