Traffic. Gridlock. Bumper-to-bumper. Even hinting at some of these conditions can put some people’s teeth on edge. Unfortunately, no matter what term is used to describe the flow of vehicles on Southern California roads, it always adds up to one thing: frustration. Depending on the time of day, the location, and the freeway, that frustration can rapidly switch into anger. Anger at the driver in front of you. Anger at the motorcyclist coming up behind you. Anger at the general lack of movement.
Under such stress, even the slightest transgression by a fellow motorist can cause some individuals to erupt. In some instances it is an issue of control. In others it is simply unchecked aggression. Whatever the case may be, their anger boils over and before long they are tailgating, chasing, and even shooting at nearby drivers. This is known as road rage – and in the State of California such behavior can land you in serious trouble.
If you’re accused of road rage, the potential legal issues are significant. Depending on what you did and if anyone was harmed in the process, you could be facing felony counts of assault, battery, reckless driving, and making criminal threats. This means a loss of freedom, money, and any respect you had within your personal or professional life. So, before you fly off the handle and hurt someone while driving, take the time to consider the possible ramifications.
For more information about road rage and potential criminal defense options, contact the Law Office of Michael L. Guisti. We can be reached at (888) 478-8999.