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Serious Driving Offences

From the outset it should be stated, no traffic offence is not serious, however, this section is dedicated to examining those offences for which sentence of imprisonment is a very real, or more likely, possibility.

The highest court in NSW, the Court of Criminal Appeal has produced guidelines for offences such as high range drink driving and dangerous driving which is relevant to this section because committing an offence with the high range prescribed concentration of alcohol will be an element of an offence of dangerous driving causing death or grievous bodily harm. The dangerous driving guideline decision of R v Whyte (2002) 55 NSWLR 252 has prescribed prison sentences should ordinarily flow from persons being guilty, whether on a plea of following a hearing, for dangerous driving offences where a person dies or grievous bodily harm is caused in a motor vehicle collision.

This section examines the circumstances of ‘dangerous driving’ what does it mean? How does it occur?

It looks at other offences, where the consequences of offending are dire, such the offence of police pursuit, otherwise known as Skye’s law. And what happens when a load falls from a vehicle causing injury or death.

If you have been charged with a serious traffic offence and you would like assistance to understand your options, J Sutton Associates, have a NSW Law Society recognised Accredited Specialist in criminal law, with decades of experience acting for people in these situations. Call 02 8080 8055 for personalised advice and service.

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