I pass flyers to help out my parent's store, but I have repeatedly been told that it's illegal and have had the police called on me a good number of times even though I don't give flyers to houses that have "no soliciting" and "no trespassing" signs up, and immediately leave if somebody says or even implies they don't want one. Nevertheless, I'm pretty sure no soliciting laws that outright ban soliciting are unconstitutional from the readings I've done. The most notable of them I consider is the 1976 Supreme Court case "Virginia State Board of Pharmacy v. Virginia Citizens Consumer Council." To be honest, I'm not even sure if what I'm doing is considered soliciting because I'm not necessarily selling anything or knock on doors. I'm simply giving out flyers with information on it for potential customers to call at a later time. I also read an interesting article called "How to Get Rid of Door to Door Salespeople Once and For All!," but I'm not sure on its validly or if I'm missing anything.
Add-on questions: What about for gated communities? Neighborhoods have signs posted at their entrances saying "no soliciting"? And gated communities with no soliciting signs?
Can somebody claim property damage if the ground around their property was muddy and my shoe happened to sink into the ground and leave a mark?
It's illegal to put ads in people's mailboxes, but sometimes, the person I try giving the flyer to tells me to just put it in their mailbox. What should I do in that case? If they claim that I put it in their mailbox without their permission, I would have no way to prove otherwise, unless there happened to be a recording of the ordeal, which isn't very likely.
Please help me out, as my parents aren't doing much of anything about it and simply tell me to ignore them or go to another's street. The fact that I'm 15 makes the entire thing worse. This has caused me a lot of distress over the years, and it would be nice not having people think I'm breaking the law every day, as I pass flyers every day.