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Loudoun Reckless Driving by Control Impaired or View Obstructed

Reckless driving by control impaired or view obstructed is a very uncommon case in Loudoun County, but that does not mean it is a less serious charge. Virginia prosecutes all reckless driving cases strictly, and Loudoun County in particular is even harsher. A Loudoun County reckless driving attorney is familiar with the laws regarding reckless driving, and will know what questions to ask in court.

What It Means to be “Control Impaired” or Have “View Obstructed”

If you are charged with reckless driving because you had an improper view or improper load, it typically means that you have been in an accident or otherwise been subject to bad driving behavior, an officer or trooper has observed the vehicle was improperly loaded, or you improperly had persons or property that obstructed your view.

Many times, a person will be charged with reckless driving by control impaired or view obstructed when they are involved in an accident and they tell law enforcement officials that the accident happened because they couldn’t see. It is also commonly charged when someone is driving down the road and has so many people in the car or so much stuff in the car that they clearly cannot use any of the mirrors including the side mirrors and the rear view mirror.

Evidence of Reckless by Control Impaired or View Obstructed

These types of cases will most commonly be presented with evidence from the law enforcement officer’s testimony, as well as the testimony referring to the statements that you may have made to the law enforcement.

This is a very uncommon charge in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Although there are instances of people driving recklessly due to control impairment or obstructed view, it is not commonly charged. This is typically seen when someone is involved in an accident or very serious driving behavior and it is determined that they could not see other vehicles. It is very uncommon to see this violation tacked on to another violation such as a speeding ticket. Typically, bumper stickers saying, “Overloaded” or having caution lights on are not defenses.

Important Pre-Trial Steps for a Loudoun Reckless Driving Lawyer

Important pre-trial steps that are specific to a Loudoun County reckless driving by control impaired or view obstructed charge include taking pictures of the vehicle as it appeared when you were charged. This may require reloading your vehicle in a similar or identical manner and may also require taking pictures from a variety of different angles to include the officer’s perspective as well as your perspectives.

How a Reckless Driving Charge Impacts a CDL

Like other reckless driving charges, violating this code section could lead to a loss of your Virginia driving privileges, including your CDL privileges. Overloading or improper loading may also be considered a “serious offense” pursuant to the Virginia CDL regulations, so it is important to discuss the facts and circumstances of your case with an experienced Loudoun County reckless driving attorney. If you are a CDL driver and you are facing this charge or any other reckless driving charge, you have to get a copy of your Virginia CDL record as soon as possible and make sure you bring it to the attention of your Loudoun County reckless driving attorney.

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