How far can an officer follow you in your car before stopping you?

Asked on November 4, 2015 under General Practice, Texas


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that the police may follow a driver for as long as they want without pulling them over. In order to do that; they must have probable cause to stop a vehicle (i.e. for a traffic violation of some kind). That having been said, some police departments do have protocols stating that officers must not follow drivers beyond a certain distance without stopping them.

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