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Dangerous Driving

Dangerous driving includes racing, ignoring road signs, aggressive driving, dangerous overtaking, and driving under the influence of excess alcohol or drugs, and is the most serious motoring offence after fatal incidents.

To be convicted of a dangerous driving offence, the Prosecution must be able to show that the defendant’s standard of driving was far below the minimum standard of driving expected from a competent and careful driver, and that driving in that manner would be considered dangerous to a competent and careful driver.

If found guilty, you will face a mandatory driving ban for at least 12 months and a prison sentence of up to two years if the offence is particularly serious.

It is crucial that you seek legal advice as soon as possible to give you the best chance of preparing a thorough defence that takes into account all aspects of the case.  At Rotheras we have successfully defended many clients for dangerous driving offences.

We have a site dedicated solely to Motoring Offences whilst still using the same expert Transport solicitors, so if you’re looking for more information about types of offences, our team, where we operate or case studies from some of our previous clients, then head over to KeepMeOnTheRoad. If you feel you’ve read enough and want to speak to one of the country’s leading Transport Law teams, give us a call now on 0115 910 0600.

Why use Rotheras for Dangerous Driving Offences?

We have offices based in Nottingham but act nationwide.

We provide an out of hours service.

We may be able to argue a less serious charge of careless driving where it is difficult for the prosecution to prove that the standard of driving was so poor that it amounted to dangerous driving.

We have considerable experience of representing clients in both Magistrates’ Courts and Crown Courts across the UK.

When you instruct us you will be assigned a member of our team who specialises in driving offences; they will consider all aspects of your case to identify any weaknesses in the prosecution case and assess whether a defence is available.

We can help you with:

 

Hourly rates apply, these are as follows:

Anton Balkitis

Partner

£290.00+VAT

Olivia Maginn

Barrister

£240.00+VAT

Lindsey Thorpe

Paralegal

£140.00+VAT

Georgina Power

Paralegal

£140.00+VAT

 

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Anton Balkitis

Anton Balkitis

a.balkitis@rotheras.co.uk

Anton Balkitis leads the Transport Law team and is a nationally recognised Transport and Motoring Law specialist at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.

Olivia Maginn

Olivia Maginn

o.maginn@rotheras.co.uk

Olivia Maginn is a transport and motoring law specialist at Nottingham based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.

Georgina Power

Georgina Power

g.power@rotheras.co.uk

Georgina Power is a Paralegal in Rotheras’ Transport team and is based at our Lace Market office in Nottingham city centre.

Lindsey Richmond

Lindsey Thorpe

l.thorpe@rotheras.co.uk

Lindsey is a Paralegal based in our transport and motorist offence department.

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