Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: 2002 SLK 32 AMG, bone stock. 1987 190E 2.3-16 valve (destroyed). 2005 E320 new toy.
Location: Near Washington, DC
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Jayhawk, I went through something very similar just a few months ago, and we went to court over it. Here's some ideas that worked out very well for me:
( 1 ) Write down EVERYTHING that you can remember from just before to just after the Police got involved. Do not leave out any details no matter how small, it's the little things that will make your case. Do that as soon as possible.
( 2 ) File a complaint with the Police and be sure to follow up with the State or County Attorney General. You want to get everything on record as soon as possible. Like the cops told me: The guy that gets there first gets the best hearing.
( 3 ) Don't sweat it if he gets your address, the end result if he tries to do something as "revenge" is jail time for him and the second offense will be very serious.
( 4 ) If the Attorney General offers you a number of options as punishment for the purp. go for something that shows your not out for revenge yourself. The more reasonable YOU sound the better you case will be handled.
( 5 ) The courts don't like road rage cases. In my case it was a hand full of change thrown at my car which resulted in chipped paint, and some very slight physical abuse to my wife. (The purp. was a woman.)
She ended up with 60 hours of civil service (picking up garbage at the side of the road, washing bus wheels, etc. in the dead of Winter) and picking up the tab for my insurance deductible ($250). The insurance company will likely go after her for their losses as well ($1,000), so her punishment was pretty severe for what she did............
If you like, PM me and we can go over what happened to me and what worked out the best.
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