Dangerous Driving

Dangerous driving is defined under Section 249 of the Criminal Code as operating a conveyance in a manner that endangers the public given the circumstances (e.g., traffic, road conditions, visibility).

A dangerous driving charge requires that the driver showed a reckless disregard for public safety and endangered people who were either present or could have reasonably been expected to be present.

Types of Dangerous Driving Offences

  • Dangerous operation
  • Operation causing bodily harm
  • Operation causing death

Examples of Dangerous Driving

Dangerous Driving can include the following situations:

  • Excessive speeding
  • Aggressive driving or road rage
  • Racing or stunt driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Ignoring traffic signals or signs
  • Failing to yield to pedestrians or other vehicles when required
  • Driving in a manner that is inappropriate for weather or road conditions
  • Distracted driving
  • Reckless driving

Potential Penalties of a Dangerous Driving Charge

Dangerous driving is treated as a hybrid offence where the Crown ultimately decides whether to prosecute you summarily or by way of indictment.

Dangerous Driving

  • Summary: Maximum sentence of 2 years less a day imprisonment
  • Indictment: Maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment

Dangerous Driving Causing Bodily Harm

  • Summary: Maximum sentence of 2 years less a day imprisonment
  • Indictment: Minimum $1,000 fine and a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment

Dangerous Driving Causing Death

  • Indictment: Strictly an indictable offence with a minimum $1,000 fine and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Situations that contribute to more severe penalties include racing at least one other person, driving while impaired, operating a large motor vehicle, driving without a permit, and having a passenger under the age of 16 in the vehicle.

Don’t Face Your Dangerous Driving Charge Alone

An experienced criminal defence lawyer is essential when facing a dangerous driving charge. They can help you navigate the complexities of the legal system, protect your rights, and develop a strong defence strategy tailored to your specific case.

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