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Road Rage » “Road Rage” in Nevada Can Drive You Straight to Jail
The streets and highways of Las Vegas can be crowded and frustrating. If you’re stuck in traffic, or another driver has done something to annoy or anger you, you could succumb to “road rage.” But if you do let your emotions get the best of you, your actions and words could lead to your arrest and conviction for any number of Nevada crimes.
While there is no “legal” definition of “road rage,” Webster’s defines it as “a motorist’s uncontrolled anger that is usually provoked by another motorist’s irritating act and is expressed in aggressive or violent behavior.”
In extreme instances, the “aggressive or violent behavior” involved in Las Vegas road rage incidents have led to deaths and murder charges. Short of a Nevada homicide, though, there are four other common criminal charges that are frequently brought in road rage cases:
A driver convicted under this statute can face up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000, with increased fines for subsequent reckless driving convictions. However, if the reckless driving leads to the death or substantial bodily harm to another person, it is a category B felony that can result upon conviction in a sentence of 1-6 years in Nevada State Prison and fines of between $2,000 and $5,000.
Nevada assault committed without a deadly weapon is a misdemeanor that could lead to six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. If, however, a Nevada assault is committed with a deadly weapon, it is a category B felony that could result in one to six years behind bars and/or a $5,000 fine
If you have been involved in a Las Vegas road rage incident and are facing criminal charges as a result, please give our experienced and aggressive Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys a call to discuss your case. (For California law, see our article, “Four Ways Road Rage in Los Angeles Can Get You Arrested.“)
A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.
Incidents of road rage in California can lead to a DMV driver’s license suspension as well as a number of criminal charges. Common charges include prosecution for reckless driving, assault, battery, assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats. Broadly defined, “road rage” is when a driver overreacts to some perceived provocation or slight by ...