People often assume driving offences are able to be resolved quickly, as they are only simple matters that require paying a fine and possibly satisfying some other requirement, like completing a driver education course. However, dangerous driving is one such driving offence that is not simple and easy to resolve. If you have been charged with this offence, it is not a traffic offence, but a criminal offence defined within the Criminal Code of Canada.
The criminal offence of dangerous driving has a very broad definition. As such, law enforcement and police agencies have substantial discretion to charge people, as they see fit. One can be charged with dangerous driving for a variety of driving situations, such as any of the following:
- Impaired Driving
- Driving at Excessive Speeds
- Accidents Resulting in Serious Injuries
- Accidents Resulting in Death
- Driving Aggressively
- Abruptly Changing Lanes
As a result of the Criminal Code of Canada allowing for such discretion, this criminal offence is rather common.
The Criminal Code of Canada’s Definition of Dangerous Driving
Section 249 of the criminal code defines the criminal offence of dangerous driving as follows:
(1) Any person commits this offence, who operates
- A motorized vehicle in such a manner which constitutes a danger to the public, having disregard for all circumstances, including the condition, use, nature, and place where the motor vehicle is being operated and at that time, the amount of traffic is or may reasonably be expected to be in that place.
Why Should You Retain Passi & Patel Criminal Lawyers for Dangerous Driving Offences
As you can see from the definition above, it is rather broad, allowing police and law enforcement to charge people as they see fit. Additionally, if you are found guilty of this criminal offence there are serious consequences. Penalties often include a mandatory one year license suspension, even in cases where there are no other aggravating factors.
In cases where another person has suffered serious injuries, besides being charged with dangerous driving, you can be charged with criminal negligence resulting in bodily harm. If convicted of both offences and found guilty, you face a maximum imprisonment period of 10 years. Further, should the offence result in the death of another person the penalties increase significantly with longer, maximum periods of imprisonment.
It is essential to remember being charged with dangerous driving is being charged with a criminal offence, not a traffic violation. If you are found guilty, it will have long lasting effects on your livelihood, like restricting your ability to travel, finding and maintaining employment, obtaining citizenship, and the charge being recorded on your criminal record. In addition, your insurance company will increase your insurance premiums.
It is for these reasons, it is in your best interests to retain the services of an experienced and skilled Mississauga dangerous driving lawyer. Here at Passi & Patel, our Mississauga criminal lawyers have defended numerous dangerous driving cases for our clients, successfully. We have the expertise and knowledge required to help you obtain the best possible results. If you, a loved one, or friend has been charged with dangerous driving, contact our law firm today by phoning 647-898-8018 for a free consultation.