Los Angeles is home to celebrities,sglittering blue pools and more than reasonable weather year round. It is also home to indescribable traffic that can lead to unnecessary angst and anger. This road rage is a common daily occurrence as hundreds and Los Angeles residents spend hours in their car each day.
Other than your own psychological well being, what other harm can road rage possible cause? Road rage can lead to criminal charges. How is that possible? Well oftentimes, road rage can lead to actions that will result in damage to another’s vehicle, or injury to the person.
A Los Angeles hit and run is one possible consequence of road rage. Let’s consider Dina as an example. Dina is driving home from work and is sitting in traffic for 1.5 hours. She still has to get groceries, has had a stressful day at work and is rushing to get home to make dinner for her husband and kids. She is driving up the 405 and is signaling toschange lanes so that she can exit. Due to the slow moving traffic and every driver’s desire to beat the others home, nobody will let her into the lane. Finally frustrated and tired of the situation, Dina just turns into the lane, hitting Victor’s car. Serious damage and injury is caused to the car and to Victor. Continuing in her rush, Dina doesn’t stop and keeps driving.
Dina will be charged with a hit and run under California Penal Code §20001 /20001. Depending on the injuries sustained by Victor, and the damage to his vehicle. If Victor has a few bruises and the car has a few scratches, then Dina will likely be charged with a misdemeanor DUI. If Victor has any broken bones or internal bleeding, then it will be charged as a felony.
In certain situations, the charges against Dina could possibly be even more serious. Dina could be charged under California Penal Code §245, assault with a deadly weapon. The car would be considered a deadly weapon, and if Dina is found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, she could potentially face state prison or county jail.
Road rage can lead to some aggressive actions. Actions, with consequences. In the above example, bothscharges are serious and carry with them serious penalties if Dina is found guilty. They are not taken lightly by the court. A Hit and Run still allows for some negotiations, as long as it stays a Hit and Run. If prosecutors decide to bring the charge as an assault with a deadly weapon, then Dina is facing an even more serious charge with some consequences that could potentially change her life.
If you find yourself in a situation where the Prosecutor may file charges against you, it is extremely important to consult a Los Angeles Criminal Defense lawyer who has dealt with these types of cases for more than 30 years. It may make all the difference in your case!