There are some clear lines when it comes to what is legal and what is not. A hundred kilos of heroin? Murder? Even small things like running a red light or jaywalking will land you tickets. But some officers of the law will turn a blind eye to small things like littering.
Sometimes we need a refresher of laws that were put into place to protect us and others. Police officers and Redditors shared some stories of small things that aren’t so innocent in the eyes of the law.
Better Call Saul
“You should ask lawyers, not cops. 🙂 I’m currently studying for the bar exam, and one of the classic examples is the real definition of assault: intentionally placing another in fear of imminent bodily harm. So if I go and do one of those fake-out ‘punches’ to a stranger where I stop at the last second and make the guy flinch, that’s an assault!
Just to clarify, this is state criminal law, so it’s going to vary from state to state a bit. But this is the most commonly used definition across states (it’s the MBE definition, for example).” (EnForgeant)
“A guy yelled at me, and put his hands inside my car. I laughed at the ass-hat, but he got 13 months for ‘assault and menacing!’ A cop and a nun happened to be standing right there, watching the whole thing. The guy was outraged because I got a parking spot when he’d been ‘in the lot trying to park for a long fucking time!!!'” (ShelSilverstain)
Beware, you tokes
“To go along with this, if you are in a green-friendly city or state, be very careful about toking up on federal land. That takes you outside the friendly jurisdiction. I’m in SF, a city that basically lets you smoke on the street, and every year idiots smoke at the Presidio, a federal park, and end up with federal drug charges. There might be very random buildings or spaces in your city that are federal jurisdiction.” (HBombthrow)