If you travel around a lot and get up to lots of activities, then it can be hard to keep track of what the various laws are in different countries and states. For instance if you are driving between states then you may find that the traffic laws between them are somewhat different and that what was legal where you were is no longer legal in the new area. You may for instance find that while it was perfectly legal to talk on the phone when you were in home territory, that you can actually get pulled over for it in another state or country and find yourself in serious trouble.
In short then it is absolutely crucial to make sure that you are always familiar with the local laws whenever you head somewhere new in order to avoid this embarrassing and unfortunate situation. Of course you can’t always plan for this seeing as you might never have planned to go travelling as much as you did – but what you can do is to check the laws while you’re on the move if you happen to have a handy smart phone on you. Here we will look at how you can do this in several ways quickly so that you aren’t caught out again.
One way to check the law quickly is with a number of different apps that are on the Android store. You will find that there are many different apps that relate to penal law and to traffic law in particular countries that are basically searchable e-books designed largely for students. While these can be a little wordy they will be almost guaranteed to have the laws you need (and the official word rather than hearsay) as long as you can find them for your particular area and the law you’re looking for doesn’t pertain to marriage or custody rather than penal or traffic code. The best series of apps like this on the market are the Droid Law apps, but be warned you will have to pay for all of them.
Another app that promises great things is Law Buddy. The idea of Law Buddy is that you simply put in your area and you will then be directed to online information regarding the law in your current area. Unfortunately there are reports of it freezing on several phones, but it’s a nice idea in theory.
The other problem with Law Buddy is that all it really does is to send you to Wikipedia – something you can do without an app using your built in browser. And in fact this is pretty much the best way to search for a specific law in the majority of cases. While you might not want to head on over to Wikipedia which isn’t always up-to-date or accurate due to its collaborative nature, you can get good advice from many other sites such as justanswer.co.uk which has a separate section for the laws in pretty much every area. Chances are that you will be able to find a post related to your query, but if you can’t then you can always post a new one (and apparently a new question is answered every nine seconds according to the site).
Finally though if you are unsure then it is always safest to err on the side of caution. Have a little browse and if there’s a chance it’s illegal, you’re best off not doing it…
This guest post was written by Brian Taylor. Don’t expect to beat top criminal lawyers with these apps and your newfound knowledge, but you can always check basic facts with them.