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Reckless Driving Charge – Virginia Lawyers

There are many different penalties for a Reckless Driving charge in Virginia.

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Reckless Driving charge in Virginia

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Swann v. Commonwealth

Facts:

A police officer observed defendant throwing something from his window and operating his vehicle erratically. The police officer stopped defendant’s vehicle, smelled a slight odor of alcohol, gave a field sobriety test, and then decided to issue a summons for reckless driving. After so informing the driver, he made a protective sweep of the vehicle in order to determine if any weapons were present, during which he found heroin. The court held that the officer had probable cause to arrest defendant for reckless driving committed in his presence. Once an officer made a lawful custodial arrest of the occupant of an automobile, he was authorized to search the vehicle’s passenger compartment.

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Holdings:

The Virginia Court made the following holding:
  • The summons is a post-arrest document which facilitates prompt release upon a promise to reappear. It shortcuts the requirement that the accused be returned before the issuing authority for the purpose of setting bail, thus minimizing imposition and inconvenience both to the accused and to the arresting officer. The position in the structure of arrest is borne out by the language of the statutes authorizing arrest and the language of Va. Code Ann. § 46.2-936. Section 46.2-936 applies when an accused is detained by or in the custody of an arresting officer and refers specifically to an arrest on a warrant. The seizure of the person and the lodging of a charge against him comprise the arrest. The accomplishment of these acts brings into consideration the issuance of a summons. The summons is thereafter prepared and issued.
  • Va. Code Ann. § 46.2-936 provides that whenever any person is detained by or in the custody of an arresting officer, after issuing a summons, the officer shall forthwith release him from custody.

Reckless Driving charge in Virginia

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Article written by A Sris
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