Dangerous Driving Lawyers
Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle charge is considered one of the most serious driving offences in Queensland and can result in actual terms of imprisonment. Unlike most other dricing offences, this is a criminal offence. Dangerous driving charges cover a number of different cases, such as excessive speeding, being adversely affected by an intoxicating substance or taking part in unlawful speed trials.
What is Dangerous Driving?
It is an offence in Queensland to operate a vehicle in a dangerous way in any place. You can be charged with this offence even if you don’t injure anyone. Speeding can even be considered dangerous driving. The offence is considered to be much more serious if the driver is:
Adversely affected by an intoxicating substance (drugs or alcohol)
Was excessively speeding or taking part in an unlawful race or speed trial
Has previously been convicted of the same offence.
The offence is further aggravated if, at the time of driving dangerously, the driver causes the death of, or grievous bodily harm to another person.
What is the penalty for Dangerous driving?
The maximum penalty for a dangerous driving offence will depend on the specific circumstances of the offence. Penalties for dangerous driving charges vary depending mainly on whether anyone is injured or killed by the driver’s action. Penalties can range from a fine of $2000 or 3 years imprisonment to the maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment.
If you are charged with dangerous driving call us today.
What is careless driving?
In Queensland, any person who drives a motor vehicle on a road or elsewhere without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road or place is guilty of an offence. The maximum penalty can be up to $4000 or 6 months imprisonment.