Often, people assume that driving offences are simple matters that could be resolved with paying a small fine. However, if you have been charged with “dangerous driving” under the Criminal Code of Canada, it is not that simple.
A dangerous driving charge can be laid in a wide range of situations, including those involving:
- Excessive speeding
- Impaired driving
- Abrupt lane changes
- Aggressive driving
- Accidents resulting in serious injury
- Accidents resulting in death
Criminal Code of Canada – Definition of Dangerous Driving
249. (1) Every one commits an offence who operates
(a) a motor vehicle in a manner that is dangerous to the public, having regard to all the circumstances, including the nature, condition and use of the place at which the motor vehicle is being operated and the amount of traffic that at the time is or might reasonably be expected to be at that place;
Why should you hire Passi & Patel for dangerous driving offences?
Dangerous driving is broadly defined in the Criminal Code, leaving police and law enforcement substantial discretion to apply the charge as they see fit. As a result of this, dangerous driving charges are quite common.
Penalties for dangerous driving include a one-year license suspension, even if there are no aggravating factors. Where a person suffers serious injury, you may be charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm, for which a conviction can result in jail time up to 10 years. The penalty will increase if a death results. It’s important to remember that dangerous driving is a criminal conviction, meaning it will have detrimental effects on your ability to travel, secure employment and obtain citizenship. Finally, it will also result in your insurance premiums increasing dramatically upon conviction. For these reasons, it is important to hire skilled and effective Brampton dangerous driving lawyer. At Passi & Patel, our Brampton criminal lawyers have successfully defended a number of dangerous driving cases. We have the knowledge and skill required to get you results. Call us today at 905-459-0004 if you, a friend or a loved one has been charged with dangerous driving.