If you have ever been cut off in traffic or narrowly missed having an accident due to the error of another driver you may have gotten angry. However, getting angry and threatening that driver with a gun are two different things. The latter can land you in a slew of legal trouble as 66 year old Lawrence D. Bourgard is finding out.
Police responded to what they thought was an accident but found the scene to actually involve a case of road rage. A 24 year old driver admitted to possibly cutting off Bourgard in traffic but what Bourgard allegedly did following that was a little extreme.
The 24 year old victim stated that Bourgard pulled alongside her, showed her a firearm, and asked if she “wanted to get shot”. Police found the weapon, a loaded .38 caliber revolver, in the vehicle with Bourgard and made an arrest on the spot.
Bourgard now faces several charges including reckless endangerment, transporting a handgun in a vehicle, and both first degree and second degree assault.
The assault charges alone are enough to threaten harsh penalties and dramatic changes in Bourgard’s life. A first degree assault charge can end in up to 25 years in prison. Second degree assault carries a potential 10 year sentence. Reckless endangerment is even considered an assault charge and carries another 5 year potential prison sentence.
In addition, Bourgard faces weapons charges, with a potential for significant additional penalties in his criminal record. Because of their propensity for injury, weapons charges are taken very seriously by the Maryland criminal courts.
Whether you are facing simple traffic offense or a serious assault charge, you want to ensure you put your case in competent hands. An experienced local attorney can give you the attention you need while ensuring your rights are looked after through the entire criminal process.
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