While all driving offences are serious, some offences are considered more serious than others. Generally speaking, serious traffic offences are those offences that are designed to prevent conduct that can injure or kill members of the public.
Usually these offences are major indictable offences [For more information about what this means click on the Serious Criminal Offences link in the menu]; which basically means the offences attract significant periods of imprisonment. By extension, this generally means the offences cannot be expiated and must be dealt in the District Court.
What Are Examples Of Serious Traffic Offences?
The more common serious driving offences include:
- Causing death by dangerous driving
- Causing serious harm by dangerous driving
- Leaving the scene of an accident after causing death or harm
- Drive without due care
- Dangerous driving to avoid police pursuit
All of the above charges are very serious with penalties ranging up to 15 years imprisonment. There are also mandatory periods of imprisonment associated with these offences.
What Should I Do If Charged With A Serious Traffic Offence?
Contact our office. These offences can involve complex matters of both law and fact. Various factors can determine what offence you may be charged with and whether or not you are guilty of that charge.
Simply because you were involved in an accident for example doesn’t necessarily mean that you are guilty of a serious traffic offence. There are many factors which will determine this. It is important that you speak to one of our team so we can advise you about your case and assist you in achieving the best possible result.