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Negligent & Reckless Driving

There are different levels of negligent driving offences that the police may charge a driver. Penalties can range from fines, disqualification periods and imprisonment depending on what type of negligent driving offence you have been charged with.

Common Assault

The penalties associated with the offence of Reckless & Negligent Driving vary greatly depending on the severity of the offence. For example, where negligent or reckless driving has caused a minor accident, the penalty may be a fine and the application of demerit points. However, where the result of negligent or reckless driving is grievous bodily harm or death, severe penalties such as gaol terms may be faced. With proper legal representations, these severe penalties can usually be avoided.

See the table below for an outline of the penalties for the more serious offence of Negligent Driving Occasioning Grievous Bodily Harm:

Negligent Driving Occasioning GBH (Grievous Bodily Harm)

PENALTIES FIRST OFFENCE SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT OFFENCE
Maximum court imposed fine $2,200 $3,300
Maximum gaol term 9 months 12 months
Minimum disqualification 12 months 2 years
Maximum disqualification Unlimited Unlimited
Disqualification in the absence of a specific court order (automatic period) 3 years 5 years

Negligent Driving Occasioning Death

PENALTIES FIRST OFFENCE SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT OFFENCE
Maximum court imposed fine $3,300 $5,500
Maximum gaol term 18 months 2 years
Minimum disqualification 12 months 2 years
Maximum disqualification Unlimited Unlimited
Disqualification in the absence of a specific court order (automatic period) 3 years 5 years
Defences

• Duress: forced through actual threats to yourself or people close to you to cause you to offend.
• Necessity: urgent circumstances that caused you to offend.
• Mitigating circumstances: external events that led up to or caused the incident.
• Legal technicalities.

How can Sydney Criminal Defence Lawyers help?

Our Criminal Lawyers will carefully consider your case, advise you on all your legal options, and recommend the best way forward.

Call us now on 02 8059 7121 or contact us after hours on 0420 998 650 or text 24hrs to book an appointment with one of our solicitors.

The initial consultation is free.

Negligent & Reckless Driving

There are different levels of negligent driving offences that the police may charge a driver. Penalties can range from fines, disqualification periods and imprisonment depending on what type of negligent driving offence you have been charged with.
Common Assault

The penalties associated with the offence of Reckless & Negligent Driving vary greatly depending on the severity of the offence. For example, where negligent or reckless driving has caused a minor accident, the penalty may be a fine and the application of demerit points. However, where the result of negligent or reckless driving is grievous bodily harm or death, severe penalties such as gaol terms may be faced. With proper legal representations, these severe penalties can usually be avoided.

See the table below for an outline of the penalties for the more serious offence of Negligent Driving Occasioning Grievous Bodily Harm:

Negligent Driving Occasioning GBH (Grievous Bodily Harm)

PENALTIES FIRST OFFENCE SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT OFFENCE
Maximum court imposed fine $2,200 $3,300
Maximum gaol term 9 months 12 months
Minimum disqualification 12 months 2 years
Maximum disqualification Unlimited Unlimited
Disqualification in the absence of a specific court order (automatic period) 3 years 5 years

Negligent Driving Occasioning Death

PENALTIES FIRST OFFENCE SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT OFFENCE
Maximum court imposed fine $3,300 $5,500
Maximum gaol term 18 months 2 years
Minimum disqualification 12 months 2 years
Maximum disqualification Unlimited Unlimited
Disqualification in the absence of a specific court order (automatic period) 3 years 5 years
Defences

Duress: you may have been forced through actual threats to yourself or people close to you to cause you to offend.
Necessity: there may have been urgent circumstances that caused you to offend.
• There may also be mitigating circumstances to support your defence: e.g. external events that led up to or caused the incident.

How can Daoud Legal:
Sydney Criminal Defence Lawyers help?

Our criminal defence and traffic lLawyers will carefully consider your negligent and reckless driving case, advise you on all your legal options, and recommend the best way forward.

Call us now on 1300 885 646 or text 0420 998 650 24hrs to book a free consultation with one of our lawyers.

Reckless and Negligent Driving Traffic Lawyer

At Daoud Legal: Sydney Criminal Defence & Traffic Lawyers, we understand the gravity of negligent driving and reckless driving charges and the significant impact they can have on your life. As experienced traffic lawyers in Sydney, we are dedicated to providing you with the highest level of legal representation and support throughout the entire process.

Our team of senior criminal defence lawyers and traffic law specialists have a deep understanding of the complex legal landscape surrounding driving offences in NSW. We have a proven track record of successfully defending clients facing a wide range of charges, from negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm to reckless or dangerous driving.

Why Choose us as your traffic offence lawyer

When you choose to work with us, you can expect the following

Thorough Case Evaluation

We will conduct a comprehensive review of the details of your case, thoroughly analysing the prosecution's evidence and identifying any potential weaknesses or avenues of defence.

Personalised Defence Strategy

Based on our assessment, we will develop a tailored defence strategy that is specifically designed to address the unique circumstances of your situation. This may include challenging the prosecution's case, negotiating reduced charges, or preparing a robust argument for trial.

Compassionate Guidance

We understand the emotional and psychological toll that these legal matters can take, which is why we provide personalised support and guidance throughout the entire process. Our team will be available to answer your questions, address your concerns, and ensure that you feel informed and empowered every step of the way.

Proven Track Record of Success

Our law firm has a reputation for delivering successful outcomes for our clients. We have consistently achieved favourable results, whether that means avoiding a criminal conviction, minimising penalties, or securing the restoration of driving privileges.

The Severity of Driving Offences in Sydney, NSW

If you or a loved one is under investigation for a homicide offence, it is crucial to seek legal representation immediately. Our team is available 24/7 to provide guidance and support throughout the entire process.

Negligent Driving Occasioning Death and Bodily Harm

Negligent driving is a criminal offence that occurs when a driver fails to exercise a reasonable standard of care and attention while operating a motor vehicle. This can include behavior such as driving at an excessive speed, failing to keep a proper lookout, or making unsafe lane changes.

Depending on the specific circumstances, negligent driving can result in charges ranging from negligent driving charge occasioning grievous bodily harm to negligent driving causing death.

The potential penalties if you're charged with negligent driving offences in NSW include:

  • Negligent Driving Occasioning GBH (or Grievous Bodily Harm) - Up to 12 months' imprisonment
  • Negligent Driving occasioning Death - Up to 2 years imprisonment

Reckless or Dangerous Driving Offences and Penalties

Reckless or dangerous driving is a serious criminal offence that can result in severe penalties, including imprisonment. These charges may involve allegations of drive a motor vehicle in a manner dangerous to the public, furious driving, or driving causing grievous bodily harm.

Potential penalties for reckless or dangerous driving offences in NSW include:

  • Driving in a Manner Dangerous to the Public - Up to 9 months imprisonment if you plead guilty
  • Furious Driving - Up to 12 months' imprisonment
  • Driving Causing death or Grievous Bodily Harm - Up to 18 months imprisonment as a maximum penalty

Defending Your Rights with Expertise and Compassion

Our team of traffic lawyers and criminal defence attorneys understand the devastating impact that a driving offence can have on your life. That's why we are committed to providing you with the highest level of legal advice, legal representation and support, ensuring that your rights are protected and that you have the best possible chance of achieving a favourable outcome beyond reasonable doubt.

Comprehensive Investigation and Defence Strategy

When you choose Daoud Legal as your defence lawyers, we will:

Thoroughly Investigate

We will conduct a meticulous investigation into the details of your case, gathering all relevant evidence and thoroughly analysing the prosecution's case against you. This includes reviewing police reports, demerit points, witness statements, and any other relevant materials.

Develop a Robust Defence Strategy

Based on our investigation, our criminal lawyer will develop a comprehensive defence strategy that is tailored to the specific circumstances of your case. This may involve challenging the prosecution's evidence arguing that you're prudent driver, negotiating reduced charges, or preparing a strong case for trial.

Represent You in Court

If necessary, our experienced trial attorneys will represent you in court, utilising their skills and expertise to present a compelling case on your behalf. We will work tirelessly to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive a fair and just outcome.

Provide Personalised Support

We understand that facing a driving offence can be a highly stressful and overwhelming experience. That's why we provide personalised support and guidance throughout the entire process, ensuring that you feel informed, empowered, and confident in the outcome of your case.

Excellent Track Record 

At Daoud Legal: Sydney Criminal Defence & Traffic Lawyers, we have a proven track record of successfully defending clients facing a wide range of driving-related charges, including negligent driving, reckless or dangerous driving, and more. Our team of traffic lawyers and criminal defence attorneys have consistently achieved favourable outcomes, whether that means avoiding a criminal conviction, minimising penalties, or securing the restoration of driving privileges.

Some of our notable achievements include:

Negotiating a plea bargain to a lesser charge of negligent driving for a client facing a negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm charge, resulting in a reduced sentence and avoiding a criminal conviction.

Successfully arguing for a non-custodial sentence, such as a good behaviour bond, for a client charged with reckless or dangerous driving, allowing them to avoid imprisonment.

Securing the restoration of driving privileges for a client who had been disqualified from driving, enabling them to regain their independence and livelihood.

Challenging the prosecution's evidence and having a negligent driving causing death charge dismissed entirely, ensuring that our client avoided a criminal conviction and the associated penalties.

Why Choose Daoud Legal as Your Defence Lawyers

When it comes to negligent driving and reckless driving cases, experience and expertise are crucial. Our team of senior criminal defence lawyers and traffic law specialists have honed their skills over many years, handling a wide range of driving offences with a consistently high success rate.

We understand the stress and anxiety that can come with facing these types of charges by the prosecution whether it's the first offence or second, which is why we are committed to providing you with the support and guidance you need every step of the way. Our goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for your case, whether that means negotiating a favourable plea bargain, fighting the charges in court, or securing the restoration of your driving privileges.

Don't let a negligent driving or drink driving charge jeopardise your future. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and let our experienced team of traffic lawyers and criminal defence attorneys help you navigate this challenging legal landscape.