What happens when you’re driving on the road and a confrontation ensues with another driver? You didn’t do anything wrong, but all of a sudden, you’re accused of road rage. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence on the roads of Bend and in cities and states beyond.
When someone is accused of road rage, it typically means he or she is being charged with a variety of other offenses including reckless driving, assault, and more. In some cases, the charges can go so far as to state that the accused committed vehicular assault, an accusation that puts their short-term freedom in jeopardy.
These are serious allegations, and you need to take the necessary steps to obtain strong legal counsel that can defend your rights. Here are some ways that we at Baxter Harder defend accusations of road rage and it’s associated charges.
Character of the Accuser
In some cases, someone’s accusation of road rage is just a lie perpetrated by the accuser to get the other driver into trouble. This happens more often than you think, as many are misinformed about the commonality of misperceived road rage. Someone makes a lane change without spotting another driver in his or her blind spot, and all of a sudden the other driver is tailgating them and trying to get to the “offender” to pull over. If people took a second to cool off, they would realize that road rage is often miscommunication between two drivers, and nothing more.
Unfortunately, our team understands how the character of the accuser can play a crucial role in defending someone charged in a road rage incident. In fact, we’ve successfully represented clients using concrete evidence to show that their accuser lied about the occurrence altogether.
What would you do if a person driving next to you started being aggressive?
While we’re often taught to avoid confrontation—especially on the road—there may be situations where this is unavoidable. Self-defense may come into play should the aggressor act first, prompting a response from the accused individual.
When defending scenarios of self-defense, we carefully consider the surrounding details of the claim to determine precisely who initiated the contact and who should be viewed as the at-fault party in the situation.
Unfortunately, being wrongfully accused of road rage can be damaging to a person’s character and outlook on life. However, our Bend criminal defense lawyers at Baxter Harder aim to help the wrongfully accused defend their rights in a court of law.
We provide aggressive and knowledgeable advocacy dedicated to overcoming even the toughest challenges. If you’ve been charged of a crime associated with road rage, know that our firm has the experience you need for every step of the fight.
Call our firm today to discuss your potential options.