Dangerous Driving Solicitors

Dangerous Driving Charge (DD40) Defence and Sentencing Guidelines

Motoring Offence Solicitors are one of the few Specialist Driving Offence legal practices to have a dedicated team of Dangerous Driving Solicitors. 

If and when you are charged with Dangerous Driving, you need specialist expertise to provide immediate advice and legal representation. 'Dangerous Driving Offences' are the most serious of motoring offences and can often lead to custodial sentences not to mention driving bans and heavy financial penalties.

Brian Koffman is a specialist Dangerous Driving Solicitor in Manchester and his team at Motoring Offence Solicitors are the leading UK driving offence and criminal law defence firm with over 40 years experience in Road Traffic & Driving Law

Call our team today. We offer the best privately funded defence representation to all motoring offences. We are here to help and we have over a 96% positive result rate.

Our team of Dangerous Driving Solicitors are based in Manchester but can represent clients from across the country.

What is Dangerous Driving?

Dangerous driving is that which falls far below the standard of a competent and careful driver.  The court will have to be satisfied that the driving is reckless.

Examples of cases in which we have been involved include:

  • Driving through red traffic lights and colliding with a vehicle which had right of way
  • Driving at speeds over 130 mph on the motorway
  • Driving under the influence of drink the wrong way round a roundabout
  • Attempting to overtake several vehicles and colliding with an oncoming vehicle
  • Driving at speed through a residential area whilst being pursued by the police
  • Pursuing a victim in a road rage incident and losing control of the vehicle causing injury
  • Racing at speed
  • Driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition
  • Cases involving death or serious injury


What are the Dangerous Driving sentencing guidelines?

As dangerous driving cases are so serious, even when nobody is seriously injured or dies, they can be heard in either the Magistrates Court or Crown Court. If found guilty the maximum penalties for dangerous driving are as follows:

  • Minimum 1-year driving ban (obligatory)
  • Compulsory re-test
  • Unlimited fine
  • 2 years in prison

An extended retest will involve obtaining a provisional licence and then taking a more detailed and extensive driving test.  The extended driving test lasts for just over an hour compared with a normal test which lasts about 40 minutes.

The extended driving test will include:

  • emergency stops
  • parking including reverse parking
  • strictly observing speed limits
  • reversing
  • three-point turns  


In cases of causing serious injury by dangerous driving or causing death by dangerous driving, the penalties are greater

How do you defend Dangerous Driving Offences?

In order to find a defendant guilty of dangerous driving, the prosecution must prove that:

  • They drove well below the way a competent and careful driver would drive
  • It would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving in that way would be dangerous

The offence of dangerous driving must be distinguished from the less serious offence of careless driving. This is because to be guilty of dangerous driving the standard of driving has to fall way below the standard of a competent driver.

It can be difficult sometimes for the prosecution to distinguish between dangerous and careless when it comes to the standard of the driving. Obviously the prime aim of our defence is to secure an acquittal for the defendant, but if this is not possible, we would use every effort to have the level of charge brought as low as possible.  This is where a skilled solicitor can argue that, for example, the driving was not dangerous, merely careless which can significantly reduce the penalties given.

Causing serious injury by dangerous driving and the penalties (DD10 Conviction)

In December 2012, the offence of causing serious injury by dangerous driving was introduced by giving courts the power to hand out heavier punishments to those convicted of the most serious of driving charges – with the exception of causing death. Parliament decided that a more focussed approach which targets offences with a specific set of circumstances was needed. This would create a middle ground between the lesser charge of dangerous driving and causing death by dangerous driving, and conviction in these cases will result in heavier penalties which reflect the severity of the injuries caused.

The court has the power to impose a maximum custodial sentence of up to five years’ imprisonment together with a level 5 fine and mandatory disqualification period of two years’ or more (unless exceptional circumstances are taken into consideration to not disqualify. Furthermore, those convicted will have to undertake an extended retest. If you are facing a charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, you should enlist the services of a motoring offence specialist immediately or your chances of securing a more favourable outcome will significantly diminish. 

Contact our Dangerous Driving Solicitors today! 

If you are facing a dangerous driving offence it is vitally important you are legally represented as early as possible. With a wealth of experience in these types of driving offences, Brian Koffman Solicitors can help you and present a case that will allow the Courts to deal with you in the fairest way possible.

Your chances of a better outcome are increased when you have an experienced motoring offence solicitor representing you.

Please contact Brian Koffman & Co. Motoring Offence Solicitors offer the very best privately funded defence and representation to clients in Manchester and right across the UK.  Call our team today on 0161 832 3852  or complete the enquiry form on the right-hand side of this page: