Can a city police officer issue a traffic citation outside his jurisdiction? Talladega city officer issued a traffic citation in Lincoln jurisdiction.

Talladega city officer issued a traffic citation in Lincoln jurisdiction that was 3
miles outside the city of talladega limits.

Asked on April 7, 2017 under General Practice, Alabama


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

In most states police officers can issue tickets in their jurisdictions, as well as those that border theirs. And in some states, a police officer is given the power to ticket people in any city or part of the state. That having been said, some states limit where a police officer can write a ticket. In those places, an officer can only give a ticket if the infraction occurred in their jurisdiction and they chased the violator into a neighboring one. So depending on where your state's laws, your ticket may well be valid. You can check with the court.

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