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Dangerous driving offences are some of the most serious traffic charges you can face and carry severe penalties including prison sentences.

Of all traffic offences, Dangerous Driving has some of the most severe penalties including prison sentences of 10 years or more (for dangerous driving occasioning death - NSW). In most cases, the circumstances leading to a dangerous driving charge include one or more of these conditions below:

  • A serious motor vehicle accident causing death or injury
  • Impairment from consumption of drugs or alcohol
  • Excessive speeding or driving in a manner considered dangerous to the general public

Dangerous Driving Offences in NSW & VIC

There are a number of dangerous driving charges used in NSW and Victoria. For more information about the specific charge, please choose from the list of dangerous driving offences below:


Dangerous Driving Lawyers

LAC Lawyers have a team of lawyers with the experience in dangerous driving cases that you need to get the best outcome. The following is a selection of our currently practicing dangerous driving lawyers.


When is Dangerous Driving considered "Aggravated"?

Dangerous driving charges can also be classed as "aggravated". This generally increases the maximum penalty that can be imposed. Aggravated dangerous driving charges are charges where

  • the accused tests over the prescribed blood concentration of alcohol,
  • the accused was driving the vehicle at a speed of more than 45 km/h above the speed limit,
  • the accused was driving the vehicle to escape police pursuit, or
  • the accused's ability to drive was substantially impaired by either drugs or alcohol.

Penalties for aggravated dangerous driving often include prison sentences of more than 10 years so it is important to get the very best legal advice. Call LAC Lawyers today on 1300 309 551.

Penalties for Dangerous Driving Offences

As dangerous driving offences usually involve endangering or harming the public, the penalties can be severe. Where the offence involves actual bodily harm or death, a prison term is likely.

For more information about the penalties for specific dangerous driving charges, please choose from the list below:


For the best possible defence for dangerous driving offences, call LAC Lawyers today on 1300 309 551.

Defences for Dangerous Driving Charges

If the death or grievous bodily harm caused by the impact was not, in any way, attributable to

  • drugs,
  • alcohol,
  • speed,
  • or the manner in which the vehicle was driven,

You may be able to use this information as a defence to an aggravated dangerous driving charge.

Penalties for dangerous driving charges vary, but often include prison sentences of more than 10 years. If you are facing a dangerous driving charge, it is important to get the very best legal advice. Call LAC Lawyers today on 1300 309 551.

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Dangerous Driving Offences Articles

Demerit Points Can Now Be Avoided By Making A Court Election

Date: March 17, 2011
Author(s): LAC Lawyers
As a result of a recent change of law, individuals charged with traffic offences can now avoid having demerit points imposed by the RTA if the charges are ultimately dismissed by a Court.

MERIT (Magistrates Early Referral into Treatment)

Date: March 17, 2011
Author(s): LAC Lawyers
The aim of MERIT is to break the cycle between drugs and crime by involving defendants in treatment and rehabilitation. Under a new trial funding arrangement, MERIT is being trialed at Manly and Wollongong Local Courts for adults with alcohol problems.

Drink Driving - What Happens When You Go To Court

Date: November 10, 2010
Author(s): LAC Lawyers
Check out our step by step guide on the court porcess for drink driving.

Criminal Law - Sentencing in the Local Court

Date: October 08, 2010
Author(s): LAC Lawyers
Often I am asked by my clients who have been charged with common offences such as assault or drink driving what the likely result will be if they enter a plea of “Guilty”. This is not a question which can be answered with much certainty given that even when to individuals are charged with exactly the same charge, the possible outcome when it comes to that individual’s sentencing can vary according to factors such as in which Local Court the matter is dealt with, which Magistrate determines the sentence, the sentencing options available to the Magistrate and the individual’s subjective circumstances.

Criminal Law - Drink Driving Summary

Date: October 21, 2008
Author(s): LAC Lawyers
Everything you need to know about drink driving...

Criminal Law - Traffic Offenders Program

Date: October 21, 2008
Author(s): LAC Lawyers
Some common questions about the Traffic Offenders Program

Drink Driving - Your Rights, Police Powers, Court Penalties

Date: September 01, 2008
Author(s): LAC Lawyers
Read on to find a list of commonly asked questions as well as an overview of likely penalties according to your Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol (PCA).

What to expect when you call LAC Lawyers

Date: December 13, 2006
Author(s): LAC Lawyers
LAC Lawyers is a full service firm dedicated to the provision of superior legal services in Australia. Our aim is to provide unrivalled client satisfaction coupled with high quality service and advice. When you call LAC Lawyers our friendly reception staff will spend time with you to identify the area of law your enquiry relates to then pass you on to one of our qualified solicitor's who can help you.

Criminal Law - Serious Traffic and Drink Driving Offences

Date: February 16, 2006
Author(s): LAC Lawyers

Criminal Law - Sentence and penalty options available to courts if convicted of a criminal offence

Date: September 26, 2005
Author(s): LAC Lawyers
Murder. Bigamy. Robbery. Bushfires. Terrorism. Domestic violence. Computer offences. Concealing the birth of a child. Fraud. Rape. The list of criminal offences for which a person may be convicted in any Australian jurisdiction is extensive.

The Criminal Aftermath of Drink Driving: Penalties and Sentences

Date: September 22, 2005
Author(s): LAC Lawyers
Drink driving is an offence under the Road Transport (Safety & Traffic Management) Act 1999 (NSW) (the “Act”). In New South Wales there are effectively five categories of “prescribed concentration of alcohol” (PCA) offences.

Dangerous Driving Offences Lawyers

Michael Pickering B.A., LL.B. (Hons.), LL.M., M. A.

Position: Senior Solicitor
Michael Pickering is our most senior solicitor employed in the Melbourne Branch of LAC Lawyers Pty Ltd. He deals with a wide range of matters. He has over 30 years experience as a lawyer which he applies for the benefit of clients whether large or small.

Scott Gray LPAB, Grad. Dip. Legal Practice

Position: Solicitor
Scott is result driven and strives to ensure each client achieves complete satisfaction throughout the life of their matter. He understands the stress that many clients experience and is always available to assist and discuss specific requirements as well as explain industry processes and procedures in a clear and concise manner.

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