As you saw in Rear-Ended, Then Defended Part 1, no one was hurt, and our member Jeremy was neither arrested nor charged. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. In Part 2, we will dive deeper into the law, where Independent Program Attorneys will explain the road rage self-defense laws from your state.
Watch the video below to see your Independent Program Attorney – Douglas Richards – explain the road rage self-defense laws for Colorado.
Sherry: Welcome back to Part II of Rear-Ended, Then Defended. As you remember from the last video, Jeremy’s truck was surrounded by three hostile men after a minor accident.
Fearing for his son’s safety, as well as his own, Jeremy retrieved his firearm from his glove compartment to stop the attack. In this instance, Jeremy’s quick actions deescalated the situation and prevented further threat to him and his child. However, his decision to leave his vehicle while brandishing a firearm his decision to leave his vehicle while brandishing a firearm is not a lawful action in every state.
That’s why I asked your Independent Program Attorney to clarify the law where you live.
Douglas: Here it seems Jeremy has been placed in an impossible situation. He was in the safe confines of the car with his son, but now these guys are attacking the vehicle making it an unsafe environment. He’s almost a sitting duck. So when he decides to get out and defend himself and a third party, his son, he would have been reasonable in using self-defense in that situation.
I don’t think he would have any problems with the police or a district attorney questioning his actions. Although, it’s possible he could. If he did we would have to defend that in court using the Colorado self-defense law. That law always questions whether or not your actions were reasonable. And I think in this circumstance Jeremy was reasonable in using deadly force to defend himself and his son.
Sherry: All too often our members find themselves in similar road rage situations all over the country. Please remember, if you are ever in a road rage situation drive to a safe, public location away from the aggressor. However, if you are forced to display, or use your firearm, call 911 first then call your attorney answered emergency hotline located on the back of your member card.
When it comes to legal defense for self-defense we’ve got you covered.