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How Road Rage Can Lead to Serious Criminal Charges in NV

Whether another driver does something to annoy you or you are stuck in traffic, your irritation can turn into “road rage,” which is defined as aggressive and even violent driving behavior. Common examples of road rage include yelling at another driver with the window down, excessively honking the horn, and even using the car to strike another vehicle.

Not only can road rage result in a serious accident, but it can also lead to harsh criminal penalties. In the most extreme cases, road rage incidents have caused death and brought murder charges against the alleged offender.

Road rage can most likely lead to the following criminal charges in Nevada:

  1. Reckless driving – Operating a vehicle in a “willful or wanton disregard” for others on the road or property is considered reckless driving, which is a misdemeanor that is punishable by a maximum jail sentence of six months and a fine not exceeding $1,000. However, if the alleged offense resulted in serious injury or death, then it is a Category B felony, which carries a prison term of up to six years and a maximum fine of $5,000.

  2. Aggressive driving – Creating dangerous conditions for another person or vehicle. Common acts include speeding, improper lane changes, and tailgating. Aggressive driving has the same penalties as reckless driving.

  3. Assault – Attempting to harm, threatening such harm, or otherwise making another driver or pedestrian feel they are in imminent danger is a misdemeanor with the same penalties as reckless driving. However, if the alleged offense involved a deadly weapon, then assault will be charged as a Category B felony.

  4. Battery – If the road rage incident leads to the driver striking or otherwise using force against another driver or pedestrian, then it is considered battery, which is a misdemeanor that carries the same penalties as the preceding offenses.

If you were recently involved in a road rage incident in Reno and now face serious charges, contact the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Stover today at (775) 502-1575 for a free initial consultation. Let a former prosecutor with 25 years of legal experience help you obtain the most favorable outcome in your case.