Driving in a Manner Dangerous

Driving in a Manner Dangerous

Which court will hear the matter

This matter will be dealt with in the Magistrates Court of South Australia.

What the prosecution must prove

The prosecution must prove that:

  • you were driving a motor vehicle;
  • the vehicle was on a road; and
  • your driving was dangerous to the public.


There are a range of possible defences including, but not limited to, the following:

  • you were not driving;
  • your driving posed no potential danger;
  • you were carrying out your duties as an emergency worker;
  • duress;
  • necessity / emergency;
  • mental impairment.

Pleading guilty

Deciding whether or not to plead guilty has significant implications and should be made after discussing your case with one of our lawyers. If you decide to plead guilty to the offence, our lawyers can assist you to get the best possible result.


The maximum penalty for the offence of driving in a manner dangerous is 2 years imprisonment. The Court must also order that you be disqualified from holding a driver's licence for a period of at least 1 year if it is your first offence or 3 years if it is your second offence.

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