A recent California Court of Appeals case has just decided that it is not illegal to hold and use a cellphone as a navigational device while driving.  Cell phone use as a navigational tool is very common. In People v. Spriggs, the Court stated that the distracted driving law only punishes holding a cellphone and speaking into it or listening to it while driving without a hands-free device.  Holding a phone and looking at a GPS map is legal, the Court stated.  The ruling, of course, does nothing to disturb the law that makes it illegal to text while driving.  Now drivers can rest easy knowing that cell phone use as a GPS tool is allowed while driving. If you need a Sacramento Misdemeanor traffic offense attorney or a DUI attorney call David Foos at 916-779-3500, or reach David by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  David has been helping those accused of crimes for thirty years and is a retired Sacramento Superior Court Judge Pro Tem, having served for sixteen years.  Remember, the first consultation is without cost to you. We know the laws when it comes to cell phone use. Let us help protect your rights.