On June 16, two Florida teenagers were taken into custody after they were accused of threatening a 71-year-old man with a baseball bat. Authorities said the incident may have been caused by road rage.

The incident report said that the teens, an 18-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl, were driving closely behind the 71-year-old man’s vehicle. He reportedly tapped on the brakes. In response, the teens allegedly moved over to the adjacent lane and pulled up next to him. They then allegedly threw a soda bottle into the passenger side of the man’s vehicle. The elderly man told authorities that he followed them into a shopping plaza parking lost. The girl then reportedly got out of the vehicle with a baseball bat while the other teen recorded the incident. The elderly man said that he warned the teens that he had a gun.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they took the teens into custody though they claimed that the elderly man had pointed a gun at them. They were both charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Authorities said that road rage was becoming a common occurrence within the state.

When juveniles have been charged with a crime, theirfuture is put at risk. If they are convicted, they could face serious legal consequences and have trouble getting into college or obtaining gainful employment. If the crime is severe enough, the juvenile could even potentially be charged as an adult. A criminal law attorney may assist those who were charged with juvenile crimes by helping them understand their legal options. The attorney may also determine if rehabilitation could be appropriate for a teen or if fighting the charges could lead to a better outcome.

Source: Fox 4, “Collier Teens arrested for road rage incident“, June 19, 2017

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