ok, so this one isn't directly related to motorbiking or the road or anything but based on a situation that someone i know encountered during the olympics. i am curious as to a few things about this.
so... this person i know was walking on the street with a beer can in hand but it was completely empty. this person was going to throw it in recycling when we could find a reclycling bin. it was an evening during the olympics
anyway, this person was pulled aside by a police officer and issued a $230 ticket for "consuming liquor in public". this person didn't fight the officer at that point but is now going to dispute the ticket. apparently the officer never took the can out of this person's hand, he never had this person pour it out or anything. in fact, he never did anything to even confirm the can still contained any liquids at all. he had this person throw the can into the garbage bin beside them
so, here are my questions:
1. is it illegal to be carrying an EMPTY beer can in public?
2. why is the ticket so expensive (more than speeding fine)
3. could this person argue that the officer never did due diligence before issuing ticket? or that it is an incorrect allegation?
4. from what i've told you, is there anything else that you LEOs recognize that this police officer messed up on or failed to do correctly? or anything that would be worth arguing in court?
Hope you guys don't find this too long...
thanks for the information!