Can you be arrested for having a tattoo of something illegal?
I am trying to settle a debate, I am tempted to call a laywer over this, but it’s night time and I’m bored, and I don’t want to bother a lawyer that I don’t intend on using in real life, so I figure I’d ask this here.
Here is the scenario, there is a guy-or girl, whatever, he is wearing a picture of a potleaf on his shirt, or he has a tattoo of a maijuana leaf on his arm, he is even signed up for high times magazine or signed up on some social online forum somewhere that advocates marijuana.
Keep in mind that this guy has never been caught smoking marijuana, he has never told anyone he in fact does smoke marijuana, this guy just says he wants to help make it legal or something.
Someone has a grudge against this guy, say an angry ex gf or maybe even a pissed off best friend, so they think they can get revenge by calling the police on this guy for “supposedly smoking pot”
Can this guy get arrested just for being under suspicion with no evidence whatsoever to suggest this guy smokes pot?.
Let’s look at a different ending to that scenario, the guy is walking down the street and a police officer spots the pot leaf tattoo on his arm and stops him, the guy is totally fine, he’s not high, he has no pot, but the cop still arrests him under suspicion, is this possible?
No, you cannot get arrested for that.
They can’t do that, it’s like freedom of speech. He can walk the streets yelling about how much he loves pot or other illegal drugs.
r u crazy?
You can’t arrest someone for having a picture of something illegal.
Your scenario couldn’t happen.
This could though.
A man is pulled over, he has a pot leaf tattooed on his arm. So the cop detains him and calls the the cop with a dog, who then proceeds to find drugs in the car.
See the difference? The tattoo can be used as an indicator of lets check into this guy further, but is not in fact a crime.
The tat or clothing in and of itself would NOT be a legal reason for arrest and cause for suspicion.
Do some cops catalogue sh*t like that in their head and remember it in their head for some later time when they see some other peice of circumstancial evidence and then catalogue that in their head? And then use all that in their head to harrass you later, which will turn up something, before they would harrass the next joe which would also turn something up?
Would they ever admit it? No.
On the other hand, im not a cop nor a lawyer.
No they can’t arrest you on that but they can make your life a living h#ll until they find anything on you.
It’s called “profiling” and cops do stop, and even arrest people on “suspicion”, even if they don’t think they can get them in court. If they don’t have evidence of any kind of illegal activity, about all they can do is make the person spend a few hours in jail – harass them, in other words. It’s not fair, and they have been sued for it, but it keeps happening.