Dangerous Driving Charge in Edmonton
To be convicted of dangerous driving, the Crown prosecutor needs to show the court that you were driving a motor vehicle in a manner dangerous to the public in the circumstances. In addition to showing that you were driving dangerously, the Crown will also need to show the court that you chose to be more careless than a reasonable person would have been in those same circumstances.
What is considered ‘dangerous to the public’ is a flexible standard that is determined with a view to a number of factors including:
- Where you were driving;
- How fast you were driving;
- The use and expected amount of traffic in the place that you were driving; and
- Your state of mind at the time of the offence
Dangerous driving is a very serious offence that can have a significant impact on your life. If you are convicted of dangerous driving in Edmonton you will likely receive a one-year driving prohibition. Further, following a conviction you can receive a fine as high as $5000 and a maximum driving prohibition of 10 years.
At Oykhman Criminal Defence we have considerable experience defending dangerous driving charges, and have a number of strategies we can employ to prevent you from being convicted of this offence. If we find that the evidence against you is particularly weak, we may be able to negotiate with the Crown prosecutor on your behalf and try to get your charges reduced to a non-criminal charge of driving without due care or attention (known as “careless driving”) under the Traffic Safety Act. If we cannot resolve your matter, we can prepare for your trial using all legal defences applicable to your situation. This may include things like:
- Challenging the evidence of Crown witnesses
- Arguing that you did not have the mental intent required to be found guilty of the offence
- Advancing alternative evidence or reasons for your driving pattern
- Challenging the Crown’s ability to effectively identify you as the person that commit the offence