It may be rude, but taking up two spaces in a parking lot is not a criminal offense. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals held this week that marijuana and cocaine seized following a search based on the defendant taking up two spaces in a parking lot must be suppressed as an illegal search and seizure. Gilmore v. State, 2012 Md. App. LEXIS 42 (April 25, 2012)
The State had argued that taking two parking spaces in a lot was “double parking,” an argument which the Circuit Court of Prince George’s bought. Not so, said the appeals court, which understood that double parking means parking a vehicle to the side of a row of vehicles that is already parked next to the curb. This can prevent a parked vehicle in the first row from leaving and obstructs a traffic lane.