- Pleading self-defence to a dangerous driving charge (R v Riddell)
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- What was the background to the case?
- What was the main legal argument put forward as to whether self-defence should be available as a defence in driving cases?
- What did the Court of Appeal decide, and why?
- To what extent is the judgment helpful in clarifying the law in this area and what are the implications for defence lawyers?
Corporate Crime analysis: Can self-defence be invoked as a defence to a charge of dangerous or careless driving? Aneurin Brewer, barrister, of 9 Bedford Row, considers the Court of Appeal’s answer in R v Riddell and says that although this case is of limited factual application it is useful in providing clarity on the distinction to be drawn in law between the defence of self-defence and the defence of duress of circumstances, including the requisite thresholds.
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