When's the last time you flipped somebody the bird?

This is 1000% not an uncommon thing in New Jersey, as we can be a ... let's say, "expressive" variety of people. We can be as proficient in the art of foul four-letter words as Joe Pesci.

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And while we're driving on the New Jersey roads, we may be tempted to throw our middle fingers up to that jerk who cut us off, or the ding-dong who decides to tailgate you when you're already driving 80 mph.

But would you ever flip off a cop? 

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I think we can all agree that it's not a wise choice. No one wants to get in trouble with the law and have nasty words with a police officer. Least of all to end up in a pair of cuffs!

Which brings us to our question: Is it illegal to flip off a cop in New Jersey?

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No, it is not illegal. Your right to flip a cop the bird falls under your constitutional rights and your rights protected by the First Amendment (aka free speech). You can even say "F*** off" or "F*** you", and you're still within your rights.

However, if that ballsy flipped bird extends to making a threat towards a police officer... that's a different story! According to CarAndDriver.com:

Should you make a threat, no matter how thinly veiled, to an officer at any point, you can be pulled over. In these cases—and remember, a traffic stop is a temporary form of arrest—you risk being arrested for real.

So to put things simply; It's stupid and disrespectful, but no, you cannot get arrested and you cannot get fined for flipping off a cop in New Jersey.

But just because you can, doesn't mean you should. 

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