There's no shortage of bad choices that can lead to an arrest, but we went in search of bad choices that are surprisingly legal. Laws vary by state, but here's a “naughty list” of actions that typically won't result in an expensive ticket, a court date or immediate jailing. Keep in mind that even if your state doesn't necessarily have a law making these things illegal, there may be some that fall under a local ordinance.
1. Flashing lights to warn of a speed trap
A federal judge ruled in February 2014 that it's motorists' First Amendment right to flash their headlights to warn other drivers of nearby law enforcement officers or speed traps. Prior to this ruling, police could stop drivers who flicked on and off their headlights or high beams to caution other drivers of cops lying in wait. Law enforcement said flashing headlights to warn other motorists was interfering with a police investigation and that they could write tickets.
2. Driving barefoot
While driving a car without footwear may be unwise, it's not illegal in any state. Alabama, however, does require anyone operating or riding on a motorcycle to wear shoes. Even though it's not illegal, driving barefoot could compromise your control of your vehicle. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles issued a press release in 2012 stating that driving in bare feet, socks or stockings is dangerous because your feet can slip off the gas or brake pedals. While your lack of footwear on its own won't get you a ticket, if police find it somehow contributed to an accident you could end up with a citation for negligent or reckless driving.
3. Swearing at a cop
Many of us mutter curses to ourselves when pulled over by a cop, but what if you let loose a profanity-laden rant at the officer? Luckily our First Amendment should keep you from being hauled off to jail - even if your state has a law against profanity.