Causing death by dangerous driving is a serious criminal offence. The specialist criminal defence solicitors at Owen White & Catlin Defence understand the emotional toll a conviction for death by dangerous driving can take. That is why we take a holistic, understanding approach to your matter to ensure that not only do we do everything we can to obtain the most efficient and effective legal solution for you, but also that you are reassured every step of the way that your matter is in hand.
If you, or someone you know, have been questioned about or charged with death by dangerous driving, contact Owen White & Catlin at the earliest stage possible. It is important to work with an experienced criminal defence lawyer from the outset to ensure your rights are protected throughout, from police interviews to court proceedings, and that you have the strongest possible defence to the allegations.
Defending a Charge of Death by Dangerous Driving
Broadly, to be found guilty of death by dangerous driving, an offence under the Road Traffic Act 1988, the following elements must be established:
- the way in which the driver was driving fell far below what would ordinarily be expected of a competent and careful driver
- it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving in that way would be dangerous
- the driving caused the death of another person.
If a person is convicted of this offence, the court may impose sanctions including up to 14 years' imprisonment. The sentence that a court may impose depends on a number of factors, and it is these factors to which the specialist dangerous driving defence solicitors at Owen White & Catlin will have regard in forming your defence:
- whether your driving was indicative of a deliberate disregard for road traffic rules or a significant intake of alcohol
- whether you were driving at excessive speed or entertaining an avoidable distraction
- whether you were driving while having little or no sleep, speeding or undertaking a dangerous manoeuvre.
In addition, it may be possible to reduce your conviction from death by dangerous driving to death by careless driving. For death by careless driving, the maximum sentence is five years' imprisonment. Death by careless driving requires the court to prove that you have driven below the standard of a careful, competent driver.
Contact our Death by Dangerous Driving Solicitors in Feltham Today
At Owen White & Catlin, we pride ourselves on offering a bespoke service to our clients, which is tailored to your individual needs and circumstances. We ensure not only that we draw from our legal expertise and experience in defending your case, but also that we exercise empathy and understanding in allaying your concerns and ensuring that you are comfortable with the process. If you or a loved one has been accused of a road traffic offence, the solicitors and barristers at Owen White & Catlin are more than capable of advancing the most effective defence on your behalf. If you want an honest appraisal of your case, get in contact with us today by calling 020 8890 2836 or filling out our online enquiry form.