Georgia Man Convicted in 2019 Road Rage Incident

Posted by Richard Lawson | Mar 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I covered a story last year about a father who was beaten with a steel reinforcing bar during a road rage incident.

According to reports, the suspect in that case was arrested, indicted, and convicted this past week of aggravated assault. All other charges were dropped. He is set to spend the next ten years on probation and owes some hefty fines.

However, all other charges were dropped against the man and he will not have to spend any time in prison or jail. In today's post, I will outline one of the charges the man faced that he was not convicted of committing - aggressive driving.

Aggressive Driving in Georgia

Aggressive Driving in Georgia is defined by the Georgia Code as:

Driving with the intent to annoy, harass, molest, intimidate, injure, or obstruct another person, including without limitation violating Code Section 40-6-42 [overtaking and passing], 40-6-48 [improper lane change or usage], 40-6-49 [following too closely], 40-6-123 [failing to signal], 40-6-184 [driving too slowly], 40-6-312 [lane usage by motorcycles], or 40-6-390 [reckless driving] with such intent. O.C.G.A. §40-6-397.

If convicted of aggressive driving, a person is guilty of a Georgia high and aggravated misdemeanor. This means that the punishment could include a fine up to $5,000, jail time of up to 12 months, or both. An aggressive driving conviction will also add six points to your license, which has an even greater potential of leading to a driver's license suspension.

Examples of aggressive driving can include:

  • Weaving in and out of lanes of traffic
  • Driving at high speeds
  • Tailgating
  • Forceful merging
  • Cutting other drivers off
  • Passing in shoulder lanes or no-passing zones

Practice Note

Aggressive driving is a serious offense much like other traffic violations such as reckless driving in Georgia or DUI in Georgia.
Call our offices now, if you have been arrested or cited for a serious violation on Georgia roadways.

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