Alleged Illinois road rage involving revolver brings criminal charges

A Joliet-area road rage incident resulted in criminal charges involving a firearm.

In December 2014, a 65-year-old man from Channahon, Illinois, was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly pulling a chrome .38-caliber revolver on a young couple in a Walmart parking lot in broad daylight, according to the Joliet Patch. The defendant reportedly held a valid concealed carry license and removed the gun from his waistband to point it at the victims, saying that he “means business,” according to police.

The incident followed an apparent road-rage incident between the drivers when they had to merge into one lane in road construction, each charging the other with an obscene gesture.

The victims told police that the defendant said, “I’m going to blow your brains out,” said the Patch article. They reportedly drove quickly away to escape the confrontation.

In addition to the criminal charge, the defendant lost his concealed carry license and gun to police. Reportedly, he said he did pull the gun out, but denied that he threatened the couple or pointed the gun at them.

Under Illinois criminal law, an assault (putting someone in “reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery”) becomes an aggravated assault under certain conditions, one of which is the use of a deadly weapon.

An aggravated assault using a deadly weapon is a Class A misdemeanor in Illinois for which a conviction could bring up to a year in jail and other punishments, especially for a repeat offender.

Illinois law recognizes many crimes involving firearms and punishment can be very serious, possibly including, depending on the circumstances:

  • Imprisonment
  • Probation
  • Fine
  • Restitution
  • Parole or supervised release
  • And more

 

The Illinois criminal laws allow severe punishments for convictions and anyone who faces criminal charges, especially involving guns or weapons, should speak as soon as possible with an experienced Illinois criminal defense lawyer. A skilled defense lawyer may be able to negotiate for the dismissal of charges; will investigate the incident on behalf of the defendant; will negotiate with law enforcement and prosecutors for a plea deal if in the defendant’s best interest; or launch a vigorous defense at trial if it becomes necessary. Should the defendant be convicted, legal counsel can fight for a fair sentence and assess whether an appeal should be filed.

In Joliet, Illinois, a criminal defense lawyer with extensive experience fighting such charges is Douglas G. DeBoer of the Law Office of Douglas G. DeBoer. Attorney DeBoer was a criminal prosecutor before becoming a defense lawyer, giving him keen insight into the criminal process.