Finally, someone else noticed that Attorney Mark Geragos was talking on his cell phone when he pulled his SUV out of an LA Police Station this past February. Mr. Geragos has represented many high profile clients including Winona Ryder, Scott Peterson, Michael Jackson, Gary Condit, and now Chris Brown. Singer Chris Brown is accused of brutally assaulting his girlfriend, Rihanna, on the eve of this year’s Grammy Awards.
When you watch the video of Mr. Geragos below it appears that he is driving with one hand and holding his phone in the other. This was taken as he exited the LAPD station after bailing out Mr. Brown on February 8.
The new Wireless Communications Device Law (effective January 1, 2009) makes it an infraction to write, send, or read text-based communication on an electronic wireless communications device, such as a cell phone, while driving a motor vehicle. Two additional laws dealing with the use of wireless telephones while driving went into effect July 1, 2008. The first law prohibits all drivers from using a handheld wireless telephone while operating a motor vehicle, (California Vehicle Code [VC] §23123). Motorists 18 and over may use a hands-free device. The second law effective July 1, 2008, prohibits drivers under the age of 18 from using a wireless telephone or hands-free device while operating a motor vehicle (VC §23124).
It seems to me that in the six (6) months following the hands-free law many people beefed up their text usage. As someone who is typically Walking WeHo, and also fairly observant, it also seems that since the January text-free law many have returned to their original cell usage…with hands. This appears to be the case with Mr. Geragos, an officer of the court.