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Beware of using a firearm during traffic altercations

Posted by Bulldog Law | Apr 17, 2024 | 0 Comments

California traffic is notorious for being among the worst in the country. Under the sweltering heat, encountering careless motorists and the stress of the commute can ignite tempers. Amidst such chaos, it has become increasingly common for drivers to vent their frustrations on others, sometimes resorting to aggressive road rage tactics or making threats with a firearm.

Being aware of the potential outcomes associated with road rage and firearms can be a strong deterrent to such behaviors.

Potential consequences of road rage involving firearms

Letting anger take over can bring harm to everyone involved. The presence of a gun during an altercation can cause it to quickly spiral into a dangerous and devastating incident. Statistics show a harrowing reality: since 2018, the number of road rage injuries and fatalities involving guns has been rising every year.

It is rarely a good idea to combine emotions with firearms. Individuals could be injured or lose their lives, and those responsible may face imprisonment.

Threatening someone with a gun, even without firing it, could constitute brandishing a weapon. This is a serious crime punishable by jail time and fines. Discharging the firearm or using it to strike someone may lead to harsher penalties. Possible charges include:

  • Shooting at an unoccupied vehicle
  • Shooting at an occupied vehicle
  • Assault with a firearm
  • Attempted murder

Beyond the legal penalties, there is the risk of license suspension for six months to a year and the burden of a criminal record. After completing a sentence, it could become difficult, or almost impossible, to drive again or retain employment.

Is it possible to defend road rage and firearm offenses?

Every case is different. A history of prior offenses, claims of self-defense and many other factors can significantly affect the outcome of a case. Consulting a criminal defense attorney may help mitigate the circumstances. With a thorough assessment, they may uncover evidence and facts that could be used as part of a defense strategy.

As traffic conditions worsen, the importance of exercising patience and avoiding conflicts becomes paramount.

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