Does a cop have to witness the driving offense or can he write a ticket cause someone said you did it?

I was driving behind someone that was going 20 in a 45 mph speed limit zone. I followed for a while but I was in

a hurry so I did pass them in a no passing zone. This guy ends up following me to my work and calls the cops saying I passed 3 cars. He is lying but they wrote me a ticket for wreckless driving. Can they do that and will it

hold up in court?

Asked on October 11, 2017 under General Practice, Utah


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

There is no law stating that a police officer must personally witness an offense. You can be ticketed based on another person's testimony as to what they saw you do. If the other person testifies in court and is more credible (believable) than you, you could be conviced on their testimony, even with the officer having seen anything.

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