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The various kinds of dangerous driving offences are set out in section 52A of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) are as follows;
An offence of Dangerous Driving is what is known as a Table 1 offence under the relevant legislation, which means it is to be dealt with in the Local Court unless an election is it is to be dealt with on indictment by the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
The nature and elements of the offence of Dangerous Driving were considered in R v Atkinson (1970) 55 Cr App R 1 where it was held a mechanical defect in a motorcar will be a defence to a charge of Dangerous Driving if it causes sudden los of control and is no way due to any fault on the part of the driver.
Section 52A (5) of the Crimes Act 1900
S52A (5) sets out a number of ways an impact involving the death of, or grievous bodily harm to, a person can occur: –
The Court will take into consideration any aggravating factors involved in your case some examples include: –
Since Dangerous Driving offence is a criminal offence, the burden of proof lies on the Prosecution.
The prosecution must prove each of the elements in the charge beyond reasonable doubt.
That is a high standard of proof that the prosecution must achieve before someone can be convicted of Dangerous Driving .
To establish each of the Dangerous Driving offences, the prosecution must prove each of the following matters beyond reasonable doubt;
For dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm;
Grievous bodily harm is bodily injury of a ‘really serious kind’. This includes any permanent or serious disfiguring of the person, broken bones, damage to in internal organs or the destruction of the foetus of a pregnant woman.
For dangerous driving occasioning death
To establish dangerous driving occasioning death, the prosecution must prove the above plus that; –
A person died as a result.
National Criminal Lawyers are one of the top traffic lawyers in Sydney and have been successful in defending a number of Dangerous Driving charges where the prosecution could not establish each of the elements of Dangerous Driving . We have also achieved a number of non-convictions for Dangerous Driving charges.
NCL offer the following options for those who have been charged with Dangerous Driving ;
If you agree that you have committed the offence and the police are able to prove all the elements of the offence, it is best to plead guilty at an early opportunity to receive the maximum discount. Currently the maximum discount available for an early plea of guilty is 25% of the sentence.
Furthermore, the early guilty plea shows the Court that you have remorse and contrition for your actions.
Our Lawyers at National Criminal Lawyers work closely with you to ensure that we obtain all necessary paper work at increasing the chances of obtaining a non-conviction or section 10.
For ordinary dangerous driving causing GBH offenders can be punished with a prison sentence of up to 2 years (if heard in the Local Court) whereas the maximum penalty for offenders is imprisonment for 7 years if heard in the District Court.
If there are aggravating circumstances the maximum period of imprisonment increases to 11 years.
In terms of licence disqualifications, the automatic disqualification (For a First Offence) is 3 years. However, the court has the power to reduce this period to 12 months if the circumstances permit.
The automatic disqualification (for Second offence) is 5 years. However, the court has the power to reduce this period to 2 years if the circumstances permit.
Please note these penalties are reserved for the worst kind of offending and are unlikely to be what you would receive.
If you decide to plead not guilty you will need to prepare to go to a Defended Hearing.
A defended hearing is where all the witnesses of that case are called to give evidence. The witnesses are both examined by the prosecution and tested by your defence lawyers.
National Criminal Lawyers have defended thousands of people charged with Dangerous Driving and are experts at these hearings.
Some of the possible defences available for those charged with Dangerous Driving are set out in Section 52A(iii) Crimes Act 1900(NSW) which states:
It is a defence to any charge under this section if grievous bodily harm occasioned by the impact was not in any way attributable:
The Courts are not bound by statistics however there must be reasonable consistency in sentences. A Magistrate or Judge should have regard to what has been done in other cases. In Green  HCA 45, the plurity judgement of French CJ, Kiefel and Creennan JJ stated:
“Equal Justice” embodies the norm expressed in the terms “equality before the law”. It is an aspect of the rule of law.
For Dangerous Driving 30% of offenders received Full time imprisonment whereas 39% received a suspended sentence.
In NSW, a court can impose any of the following penalties for a Dangerous Driving charge.
However, from the 24 September 2018 new penalty’s will be replacing the above. They are as follows:
Our client was charged with dangerous driving causing GBH which was unsupported by the evidence. After negotiation with the prosecution our client pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of negligent driving and was sentenced to a relatively lenient fine.
We are the experts in either beating or having criminal charges withdrawn AND/OR obtaining the least restrictive penalty available. This is because no matter which option you choose within our tailored Options at Law you will be dealing with experienced criminal lawyers who can make sure the evidence is not only obtained properly but also that your case is prepared and presented to the highest best practice standards possible. This is also done without breaking your pocket.
No matter which option at law you choose, National Criminal Lawyers can guarantee that a Senior Defence Lawyer will represent you. This means that with our over 25 years of Combined criminal law experience you will get the best result possible.
At National Criminal Lawyers we know that Criminal Law is a matter of Human Rights. For this reason, we take pride and passion in representing our clients. This pride and passion to assist those charged with an alleged or actual breach of the criminal law is to us a matter of righteous necessity and in that sense, you can always rest assured that National Criminal Lawyers are the best defenders of your rights. This true not only when the police have just simply got it wrong OR if they have got it right then we can speak with you and make sure you get you the best result available.
If you have been charged with any Dangerous Driving offence our Team at National Criminal Lawyers are well versed and specialists in having charges either withdrawn and otherwise achieving favourable outcomes.
Please contact our office on 02 9893 1889 or visit www.nationalcriminallawyers.com.au for more information about your options.