March 28 2017
It seems that everyday you hear of another road rage case involving a violent crime.
The latest shooting involving resulting in the arrest of a USF football player is directly the result of a road rage incident.
In this case, the man who allegedly pulled and pointed a gun first was shot by the alleged victim. You have to realize that in Florida, there are over two million people with concealed weapons permits carrying guns. You do not have to have a concealed weapons permit to carry a gun in a vehicle, as long as it is securely encased. This means in a container with a lid, like a console or glove compartment or, in a holster with a snap. It can be carried loaded, as long as it is “securely encased”. Road rage is a senseless crime that results from impatience. The fact that the car in front of you cut you off or is going to slow is no reason for you to lose your cool. I would be willing to bet that not a day goes by the we as drivers do not see someone losing it in traffic, honking their horn, making obscene gestures or riding someone’s tail. The next time you decide pull up and give someone the finger, think twice. They may think you are pointing a gun at them and blow you away.
If you make the mistake of pointing a gun, you can be charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and be looking at a stiff prison sentence.
If you fire the gun you can be charged with attempted homicide, aggravated battery or a firearms charge that results in a long minimum mandatory sentence.
Never lose your temper.
Nothing good comes of that.
If you are being tailgated, pull over and change lanes and let the wacko behind you go past. Nothing good comes of a confrontation. Remember, just because you have a gun or legally can use it does not mean you should. Deadly force should only be used to protect life. There is never a good reason to pull a gun just to scare someone. A gun should only be used in last resort when all else fails. You could end up getting arrested and have to stand trial when it all could have been avoided. The best weapon is common sense. If you use common sense, you can go a lifetime without ever reaching for a gun. As a criminal defense lawyer here in Sarasota and Bradenton I have defended men who lost their temper and did something stupid. It costs thousands to defend a serious felony charge. Weigh that against getting to work a few minutes late because someone in poking along in front of you. Do not be provoked by some hot head into pulling a gun.
If you or a relative have been arrested in Sarasota or Manatee and want to talk to a lawyer who understands self-defense and the stand your ground law call Peter Aiken at 941 366 3506 for a free consultation