An “Aggressive Driving” Charge May Be the Least of Your Problems

In the past decade, “road rage” has been all over the news—drivers who react out of proportion when they've been cut off by a car in front of them, or honked at by a driver behind them, and respond by pursuing the offending vehicle in traffic or even getting out of their cars and starting a fight. Incidents of road rage in Virginia most often make the news when they result in death or serious injury: It's not uncommon for an enraged driver to precipitate a multi-car pileup, or send the object of his displeasure to the local hospital.

If the police observe you acting out your road rage—for example, climbing up onto the shoulder of a highway to get past a traffic jam, tailgating another driver for miles on end, or getting out of your car with a crowbar in your hand—the very least they can do is to book you for “aggressive driving” in Virginia. Aggressive driving is a catchall category under the state’s traffic laws that is slightly different from “reckless driving,” in that malicious intent is involved. However, the kinds of road rage incidents that make the evening news usually involve perpetrators also being charged with serious felonies such as assault and battery, attempted homicide, or destruction of property. Next to these crimes, a citation for aggressive driving may be the least of your concerns; the most you'll have to deal with is a stiff fine and the possible suspension of your license.

If you have been arrested by the police for a case of road rage in Virginia,  you need to hire a Virginia road-rage lawyer who will aggressively fight your aggressive driving charge. Call the law firm of Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman today at 888-783-9701 for a free consultation.

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