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Causing Death by Dangerous Driving or Careless Driving

Causing death by dangerous driving is arguably the most serious of motoring offences and is dealt with in the Crown Court. For offences committed on or after 28 June 2022 the maximum sentence is life imprisonment. In addition, the court will impose a mandatory disqualification from driving, the minimum period being 5 years with a compulsory extended re-test before you can drive again.

If you are under investigation or have been charged with an offence of causing death by dangerous or careless driving, it is extremely important that you obtain specialist legal advice from the outset. Our personal approach combined with a wealth of experience defending these types of allegations places our clients in the best position to build a strong defence.

Our experts will guide you through each stage of your matter, providing accurate advice from the outset. If you are being investigated and are asked to attend an interview under caution, we can arrange representation at the station where we will obtain pre-interview disclosure from the police, protect your rights whilst at the station and provide bespoke advice as to how best to approach the interview. If you have already been charged, we can arrange for you to be represented at each hearing by one of our specialists, thoroughly scrutinise the evidence and provide clear honest advice, guiding you from start to finish.

Causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving can be dealt with in either the Magistrates’ Court or the Crown Court depending on the specific circumstances of the case. If the matter is dealt with in the Magistrates’ Court the sentence is a maximum of 6 months imprisonment, whereas in the Crown Court, the sentence increases to a maximum of 5 years imprisonment. The court will also impose a driving disqualification for a minimum period of 12 months and has the discretion to order an extended re-test.

Due to the serious nature of these types of allegations you are advised to seek specialist advice at the earliest opportunity.

Our road traffic defence solicitors team can arrange and initial free consultation to discuss the matter please call us on 0161 930 5151 or email

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