What Are Illegal Tinted Windows (VC 26708.5)?
The client suspects that his windows were in fact legal, making the traffic stop illegal and all evidence found subject to suspension.The Gist of This Article: There are defenses to the charge of illegal tinted windows and the definition of windows which have illegal tinting is often not even known by police officers when making a traffic stop. Read the following article better understand this often pretextual reason for a traffic stop or ticket.
This article seeks to clarify what exactly constitutes illegal tinted windows.
Vehicle Code § 26708 states: reads as follows
“No person shall drive any motor vehicle with any object orIn other words, it is illegal to have completely tinted front windows or completely tinted side windows. An exception exists for a driver with a medical condition requiring tinted windows, but this must be verified by a licensed physician. A narrow strip of tinted material, however, is allowed on the windshield, but it must be no lower than twenty- nine inches from the bottom of the windshield.
material placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied upon
the windshield, or side or rear windows, or with any object or
material so placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied in
or upon the vehicle so as to obstruct or reduce the driver’s clear
view through the windshield or side windows.”
If any tinting material becomes bubbled or otherwise worn, it must be removed or replaced.
Our office has informally asked several police officer’s about this law and what constitutes a violation. The consensus response is that basically any after-market window tinting is illegal.
Such an approach raises the rhetorical question of, “well, what about all those window tinting businesses? Are they just selling illegal products? How can that be legal?
The business consequently brought an action for a declaration of its rights to continue doing business.
The court held that Transparent Glass Coating was entitled to conduct business in a legal manner if it installed “factory” grade tinted windows and any tinted windows pursuant to a customer’s medical condition. The shop was also legally entitled to install certain side and rear windows in trucks and buses. Such glass would be installed to replace windows broken in a crash, burglary or otherwise.
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