Originally Posted by matt g
It boils down to what an officer wants to do. A lot of misdemeanors and civil infractions are left to the officer's discretion. The letter of the law and the intent of the law are rarely one in the same.
Plus one on that. I got a buddy who recently became a King County Deputy. He was over and checking out my Presidio 5000 one night during a UFC fight card and told me the following:
"If you get caught with this, and the cop is in a bad mood, you are going to be in trouble". I was like, it has an external safety, so it's not a gravity knife, and the safety locks the blade in place, so it's not a spring assist until such time that it is to be opened....
His reply: "And with your record ( none ) and the worst case of getting stopped for speeding or J walking, that would definitely be enough for you to be on your way without a problem....
It's all in who you are and how bad of a mood the cop is in. If you have a record, you are probably going to be in trouble. If you are Joe Citizen, minding his own business and just didn't lead them on a 60 mile high speed pursuit, you are probably going to get a warning and have a nice day...