In New South Wales, Dangerous Driving Occasioning Death is a
serious criminal offence that is defined under section 52A of the
Crimes Act 1900 (NSW). This offence occurs when a person drives a vehicle
in a manner that is dangerous and causes the death of another person.
The offence of Dangerous Driving Occasioning Death carries a
maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment, and a minimum disqualification from
driving of 3 years. However, if the driver was under the influence of drugs or
alcohol at the time of the offence, the maximum penalty increases to 14 years
To prove the offence of Dangerous Driving Occasioning Death,
the prosecution must establish that the driver’s driving was both dangerous and
caused the death of another person.
Dangerous driving is defined as driving in a manner that
creates a significant risk of causing harm to another person or property.
Examples of conduct that could lead to a charge of Dangerous
Driving Occasioning Death include driving at excessive speed, driving while
under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or driving in a reckless or aggressive
If you have been charged with Dangerous Driving Occasioning
Death or have been affected by this offence, it’s important to seek legal
advice from a qualified criminal defence lawyer.
It’s worth noting that this offence is taken very seriously
by the courts in NSW and a conviction for Dangerous Driving Occasioning Death
can have serious consequences for the offender, including imprisonment, a
lengthy disqualification from driving, and a criminal record.
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*This article correctly reflects the Laws of NSW as at 21st June 2023.
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