Road rage can quickly devolve from frustrated driving to aggravated assault. In fact, according to recent statistics, 37% of traffic fatalities in a road rage incident are due to firearms rather than an auto accident. When road rage becomes an aggravated assault, it is important to understand the charges and find the best defense available.
If you have been charged with a road rage related aggravated assault, you should contact the best aggravated assault lawyer in St. Petersburg with The Rickman Law Firm as soon as possible.
As explained under section 784.021 Florida Statutes, aggravated assault is defined as:
(1) An “aggravated assault” is an assault:
(a) With a deadly weapon without intent to kill;
(b) With an intent to commit a felony.
(2) Whoever commits an aggravated assault shall be guilty of a felony of the third degree.
An example of aggravated assault related to road rage is when aggressive driving goes wrong. You may be stuck in a gridlock or trying to change lanes when another driver cuts you off and begins to tailgate and honk aggressively. If you or the other party attempts to use a firearm, weapon, or even your vehicle to cause harm, charges of an aggravated assault may be brought forth.
The definition of deadly weapon is broad, and for good reason. A gun is not the only deadly weapon that can be used in a road rage incident. Any item, including glass bottles you may find on the side of the road can be used as a deadly weapon. In fact, your vehicle may qualify as a deadly weapon if you are attempting to harm another person with it.
If you are found guilty of the charges of aggravated assault, even if it is a road rage incident, you may have to serve a mandatory prison sentence of up to 20 years if a firearm is fired.
If another person tries to entice you into a fight on the road, stay calm. Although you may feel that you were acting in self defense, you can still be charged with aggravated assault if you use your vehicle or another weapon in defense. Lock your doors and call 9-1-1 immediately, and do not use your car as a weapon unless you have no other options to protect your life.
If you are being charged with a road rage related aggravated assault, it is important to contact an experienced aggravated assault attorney in St. Petersburg as soon as possible. The experienced attorneys with The Rickman Law Firm will discuss the best legal strategy possible and will explain the process.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.