January 26, 2009 By Wallin & Klarich

Driving With An Air Freshener Hanging From Your Rearview Mirror

Many people have air fresheners dangling from their rearview mirror in order to keep the car smelling fresh. However, those air fresheners can get you into some trouble.

Under California Vehicle Code 26708 subdivision (a)(2), a person shall not drive a car with any object or material placed, affixed, or installed on the vehicle which obstructs or reduces the driver’s clear view through the windshield or side windows. Although hanging air fresheners are usually very small and only dangle from the rearview mirror, as long as it is objectively reasonable for the police officer to believe that the air freshener obstructed or reduced a driver’s clear view through the windshield, then you may be stopped and cited for a California Vehicle Code violation.

Many of our clients find themselves arrested because after the police officer has probable cause to stop their vehicle, due to their unlawful air freshener, then the police officer will begin to search their car and may find other illegal substances or paraphernalia. This can lead to our clients to being arrested and accused of much more serious charges, such as possession of narcotics or driving under the influence. Also, a violation of the California Vehicle Code will likely result in fines and points being added to your record that will additionally result in your insurance premiums being raised. Do not give law enforcement an excuse to arrest you.

It is imperative that you hire an experienced law firm such as Wallin & Klarich to protect your rights. The Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have many years of trial experience and can aggressively and effectively represent you in court to fight against this and any other kind of California Vehicle Code violation.

For a free consultation to discuss your California Vehicle Code citation please call us at (877) 280-6839. Our staff of attorneys is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to answer any of your questions. You can also visit us at www.wklaw.com for more information.

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