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Dangerous Driving Cause Death

What does the law say about the offence?

Dangerous operation of motor vehicle while street racing/ Punishment/ Dangerous operation causing bodily harm/ Dangerous operation causing death
249.4 (1) Everyone commits an offence, who while street racing, operating a motor vehicle in a manner described in paragraph 249 (1)(a)

(2) Everyone who commits an offence under subsection (1)
(a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years; or
(b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

(3) Everyone who commits an offence under subsection (1) and thereby causes bodily harm to another person is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years.

(4) Everyone who commits an offence under subsection (1) and thereby causes the death of another person is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for life.

 

Dangerous driving is obviously a serious offence and carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment (although this is not likely to be imposed). However, significant jail sentences are the norm if convicted.  If you, or someone you know has been charged with this offence, they should contact a criminal lawyer right away.

Our team of criminal defence lawyers and experts can help you with this charge.  Both Ken Byers and Bruce Daley were called to the bar in 1981 and have extensive experience in defending clients facing this charge. You need a team of lawyers who are experienced and who have dealt with cases similar to yours.

For information regarding the law of dangerous driving please refer to our dangerous driving causing bodily harm page.  There it details the difficult onus on the Crown to establish beyond reasonable doubt the essential elements that constitute the charge of dangerous driving.

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