Death by Dangerous Driving

The Offence

Causing the death of a person by driving a vehicle on a road or in any public place dangerously or in a dangerous condition

Likely Punishment

Up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine, 3-11 points and revocation of your licence for a minimum period of 2 years

Defences

Allegations of Causing Death by Dangerous Driving often turn on the facts of the case and what can be proved at court

Causing Death by Dangerous Driving

The Offence

Causing the death of a person by driving a vehicle on a road or in any public place dangerously or in a dangerous condition.

The standard for whether you were driving dangerously or driving a dangerous vehicle is the same as for Dangerous Driving itself.

An offence of death by dangerous driving may be committed in any public place and is not limited to roads. Additionally, the vehicle is not limited to a motor vehicle and may be anything that has an engine or that is mechanically propelled.

Do I need an NIP (Notice of Intended Prosecution) for death by dangerous driving?

No, there is no requirement for an NIP for causing death by dangerous driving.  Please go to our NIP guide for further information.

Alternative Charge to Death by Dangerous Driving

You may be charged with Dangerous Driving or Driving Without Due Care and Attention in the alternative.  You can only be convicted for one of the offences.  The prosecution will pursue the most serious allegation of Causing Death by Dangerous Driving, but have Dangerous Driving and Careless Driving as fall back positions.

Punishment for a Death by Dangerous Driving charge

This offence will only be dealt with in the Crown Court:

Up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine, 3-11 points and revocation of your licence for a minimum period of 2 years after which you would be required to take an extended retest.

Defences to Death by Dangerous Driving

Criminal matters are not simple and it is never easy to prove your case in Court.  Charges of Causing Death by Dangerous Driving are particularly serious due to the almost inevitable result of a custodial sentence being imposed if you plead or are found guilty.  Allegations of Causing Death by Dangerous Driving often turn on the facts of the case and what can be proved at court.  We strongly recommend you instruct us to defend you, particularly as you face prison if it all goes wrong. Don't put your freedom at risk, call our team of expert lawyers to assist you with your case.

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