Scottsdale, AZ asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Arizona

Q: A cop pulled me over and I dropped my ciggarette but picked it up as soon as we were done. Am I guilty of littering?

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A: If you dropped a cigarette during the traffic stop but promptly picked it up afterward, it is less likely that you would be charged with littering. Littering charges typically involve the intentional and unlawful disposal of waste or objects in public spaces. In your case, it seems like a momentary incident that was corrected immediately. However, law enforcement officers have discretion in determining whether to issue citations, so the outcome may depend on the specific circumstances and the officer's judgment. If you were not issued a citation or warning at the time, it is less likely that you will face littering charges for this incident.

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