Dangerous driving and causing death by dangerous driving are very serious offences, which attract sentences of imprisonment and disqualification from driving. The maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving is 14 years’ imprisonment, with the requirement to retake your driving test to regain your licence.
However, there is a fine distinction in law between this and the lesser charge of causing death by careless driving, which carries a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment and a disqualification from driving.
Our motoring offences specialists can negotiate with the prosecution for this lesser charge, where appropriate. In such cases, a well-handled guilty plea can lead to a non-custodial sentence.
In both of these offences, the prosecution must prove that your driving was below the standard expected from a competent driver and that the manner of your driving caused the death of the victim.
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