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What are the penalties for Dangerous Driving?


That’s the main penalty and it is automatic.

What this means is that if you’re convicted or if you plead guilty to dangerous driving you will be disqualified from driving.

That’s absolutely guaranteed.

The disqualification period is 2 years for a first offence.

Imprisonment is a possibility too, depending on the circumstances.

For example, if you have no previous convictions and there are no aggravating circumstances -like an accident that has caused injury or damage to property- the possibility of jail is remote.

But disqualification from driving for 2 years is mandatory on conviction.

As with all prosecutions, the summons or charge that you receive is an “allegation”.

What this means is that the State are alleging that you drove dangerously.

Its an allegation, not proof.

Only a court can definitively find you guilty, not the State.

That means that the charge is obviously defensible.

Just because the State allege that you drove dangerously (or carelessly, or drunkenly etc) that is not proof that you did.

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