According to your post you live in Texas and there are no laws in Texas about the use scanners in vehicles. However many States have laws about using a scanner in a crime.What are the legalities involved in driving around with a scanner? Is there somewhere I can check for my area?
I don't share your difficulty searching the U.S.C., nor the C.F.R., since I've done so professionally for the last 40 years. Nonetheless, my initial search failed to find the provision that you're sure exists. It may, but so far no one has been able to provide me with a citation. In the absence of a citation, its existence is questionable. In my profession, one backs up assertions with citations to statutes and/or cases. Just thought that you might know the citation since you're so sure that it's the law.It's a federal statute prohibiting use of a radio, any kind of radio in the commission or facilitation of a crime.
"While that may be the case, I've looked for the federal statute and didn't find it. Do you have a citation?"
Not offhand, I'd have the same difficulty searching the United States Code the FCC relies on for it's citations as you do. You might try searching the forums, I've seen what you're looking for but don't remember just where I saw it.
I think the meaning is pretty clear. What that means is that when you get on a forum such as this, you get a bunch of people who think they know the law giving advice which may or may not be worth a damn. Generally, they fail to cite the authority for their assertions just as you have. Some of them are knowledgeable and provide correct information and some don't despite good intentions. The problem is to determine which is which."Keep in mind that free legal advice on the Internet is often worth what you've paid for it."
Now what's THAT supposed to mean as if this topic hasn't been gone over so many times with so many citations and references we can't remember what we've read? That's what these forums are for, why pay for what is right here at your fingertips for free? Some may pull information out of thin air, I for one don't and as an Amateur I have done my homework as not to run afoul of the law being my radio hobbies are all closely related. Not that I am one of them but we have quite a few experts in their fields here, plenty of excellent advice and information is available if you ask the right questions.
I think what law the previous poster is stating is one that says not to commit a crime and listen to your scanner while you commit that crime, in order to find out what leo is up to regarding the crime that you are committing. I would say modifying a scanner to listen to encrypted freq's etc. is what you are commenting on here which is illegal as well. I also read somewhere that if you are scanning and go to a location of an incident and interfere etc. you are committing a crime involving your scanner also. Feel free to comment anyone here if you can clarify. thanks.Don't have a clue about a specific statute that specifically states using a radio to commit a crime is illegal....HOWEVER.....
Using a radio band for anything other than it's intended purpose IS illegal and I'm pretty sure there isn't a "criminal use only" band allotted by any regulatory authourity anywhere.
That is a fact.....
My original question was to try to find the source of an often asserted, but not readily apparent, law. You said you didn't know the source.That's the trouble with some people and frankly I hate being called a liar even when couched in terms. That is what you have done for all practical purposes and I resent the innuendo. Perhaps you have never heard of a man's honor but be that as it may. If you can't take me at my word don't take me at all, in other words just ignore me without comment, please.