Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

This offence deals with the operation of a motor vehicle that is deemed criminal but does not involve the consumption of alcohol or drugs (see: Impaired and Over 80). Dangerous driving is when a motor vehicle is alleged to have been operated in a manner that is a “marked departure” from the expected of a reasonably prudent driver. This can include racing, reckless driving, or lack of sleep, but not all bad driving is dangerous driving.  This offence can involve any vehicle (car, truck, motorcycle, etc), vessel (watercraft) or aircraft, and can be prosecuted by Summary conviction or Indictment. If bodily harm or death occurs during this dangerous driving event, the offence is automatically Indictable.

Penalties of dangerous driving.

The penalty for dangerous driving can consist of being fined, or a jail sentence and will include automatic driving suspension.  If a death results, life in prison is a possibility.

What to do if charged with dangerous driving?

Remain silent.  You have a right to silence – do so.  You also have a right to lawyer or legal counsel upon detention or arrest – speak with a lawyer now.  You can speak to the lawyer of your choice.  Be sure to speak to a lawyer and learn the ramifications of being charged with Dangerous Driving.

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You may qualify for Legal Aid:  See Legal Aid Ontario Information.

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