Ever get a ticket for a mobile scanner?

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noblinger

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I was just wondering if anyone has actually gotten a ticket from police for having a mobile scanner in an area were it is illegal?? Is there a link to find out if it is illegal in your state?? I have looked everywhere and nothing, I am in SC. Thanks
 

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I have never received a traffic summons as wanting to become a certified law enforcement officer, I dont engage in such dangerous practices, also many law enforcement officers know me & allow me to ride with them to hone my law enforcement skills which will make it easier to graduate from the local certified law enforcement academy.
 

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Actually that map alone does not tell the whole story. You need to visit the site for an explanations behind the colors, and, more importantly, to read the actual laws to determine how they apply to you. For example, in many cases (but not all), licensed amateur radio operators are exempt from the prohibitions. I have had a scanner with me many times on trips, and never had any problems. However, I haven't been stopped for any infractions, and I certainly wouldn't flash it around if I were. So as with many things in life, discretion is a good thing.
 

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Minnesota's law is about mobile scanners.

Do be aware that these law sites don't try to cover City or County laws, which may also prohibit mobile scanners, or even scanning at all. Heck, some of the ancient laws still on the books prohibit current day AM Radios!
 

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I'll say what I've said for 40 years of scanning - Don't bring attention to the fact that you have a scanner and no one will care.
 

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I was just wondering if anyone has actually gotten a ticket from police for having a mobile scanner in an area were it is illegal?? Is there a link to find out if it is illegal in your state?? I have looked everywhere and nothing, I am in SC. Thanks
I was arrested by a rookie for walking down the street with my handheld scanner back in November of 1994. None of the veteran officers never bothered me. One of them talked him out of taking me to jail but since he did have a legitimate arrest, they couldn't talk him out of dropping the charges.

I was released on my own recognizance and paid a $115 fine on my court date. My scanner was later taken out of evidence and returned to me. Later on, the arresting officer actually apologized to me and I've never had any more trouble out of him since. Life in a small town, gotta love it.
 

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Never had a problem...but....still.....

I've had scanners in my cars for many years...both with...and without...outside antennas. I've never tried to conceal the antennas and at times, I've had as many as 3 extra ones sticking up in the air. In all the 30+ years I have been doing this, I've never had any problems..possibly due to the fact that I keep to the speed limit...and rarely give any reason for a LEO to stop me.

Having said that, I took the option of getting a ham license...first a Tech. Class about 10 years ago, and then upgraded to General about 4 years back. My primary reason for doing this was to have the ticket as a "Get Out of Jail Free" card if I ever was challenged about my scanners. As far as I've been able to find out, there are NO states where a Ham can be charged for having radios in the car...esp. if they can receive Ham frequencies..

So far, so good....10-4??
 

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oh,,and from what ive gathered over the years,,
If the PD snags your radio for it being -prohibited-

kiss it goodbye,Or spend several days in front of a magistrate,ct clerk,or even a DA or judge..

lol,,get a new scanner,,its cheaper than a lawyer!
 

randyf

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heck i heard of a police officer letting three youths out of his cruiser only to find out they stole his scanner he had with him , he turned around and tracked them down and charged them with theft and recovered his scanner
 

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How about a Cell Phone with Online scanner capabilities ? Is that also included in these laws?


Listening to ANY police transmission while in a car would be illegal in those states I'm assuming?

If they could prove it anyway.
 

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Here in NY, It's illegal to have one in your car. I am a volunteer firefighter, I have one in my vehicle. Never had a problem even with an external antenna. I did read recently though of an incident where a person was stopped for another infraction, the scanner was heard going off by the officer and he charged the individual for having the scanner. I really haven't read or heard of anyone being stopped and having the scanner law used as the PRIMARY infraction. So, if you don't advertise, you're probably pretty safe...
 

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what officer? This is just a NOAA Weather Radio, the EXPENSIVE DIGITAL model! lol see the Skywarn symbol?
 
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