Question: Can You Call A Cop A Bad Name?

February 14, 2010


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It would depend on other factors. Calling names can lead to any number of charges.
It would depend on the laws of your state and the situation as it unfolds.

For example, in North Carolina the main elements of Intoxicated and Disruptive could include (there are many): being intoxicated in a public place and using profanity. So if you called a Police Officer a name involving profanity while you were drunk and standing on a sidewalk you could be charged with I&D. There are plenty of ways to charge someone.

If someone calls me something I usually make sure to at least cite them with something, even if it is just a minor traffic offense. I'll also make a note of their disrespect on the citation for the DA so they won't drop the charge in a plea.
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