Whats the difference between dangerous driving and careless driving?

Whether you are charged with careless driving or dangerous driving depends on how bad your driving was.

If your driving was below the expected standard then you may be charged with dangerous driving, it is difficult to say what the expected standard is, but if you are driving well over the speed limit, overtaking in a dangerous place or driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition, then you will probably be charged with dangerous driving.

Dangerous driving is a very serious offence and could result in you being sent to prison for up to two years and if you are found guilty of dangerous driving then the court must disqualify you from driving. So if you have been charged with this offence then it is definitely worth while taking legal advice and having representation at court to try and avoid going to prison and losing your licence.

You may be able to instruct a legal aid solicitor, but you may have to pay their fees anyway so it will probably be better to instruct a specialist criminal defence motoring lawyer and pay them privately, if your defence is successful the Court will usually pay your legal costs.

If you have any more questions on your dangerous driving charge then please give us a call or send in an email and we would be more than happy to help.

Drink Driving Offence

You can re apply for your driving license only once your driving ban has ended. If you apply any sooner you might have to wait even longer before you can drive again

If this it is your first conviction most insurers will ask if you have any convictions in the last 5 years. But the convictin will stay on your record with the DVLA for over 10 years

Yes. Only a uniformed constable can stop you, they must have goon reason to suspect you have been driving, attempting to drive, or in charge of a vehicle with alcohol in your body or you've committed a motoring offence.

Careless Driving

Careless diriving is when your standard of driving is considered to be below what is expected of a reasonable and prudent driver. You do not have to be driving a motor vehicle to be charged with this offence, you can be driving any mechanically propelled motor vehicle. The driving offence does not have to take place on a public road either, the offence can be committed on any place which the public have access.

It is possible depending on how serious your offence is. You can lose between 3 - 9 points on your license and recieve up to a �2,500 fine. It is always best be represented in court to help avoid losing your license.

It is not compulsory to have a solicitor, but highly advisable to seek some kind of legal advice. If you have a defence a solicitor can help fight your corner.