How long can a cop follow you?

In New York state, how far can a police
officer follow you with the intent to
pull you over?

Asked on January 10, 2018 under General Practice, New York

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that there is no limit on how long a police officer may choose to follow you before pulling you over; it is up to the officer's discretion. An officer can follow you for as long as it takes them to reasonably determine that you may or may not pose a danger to public safety. For example, they might follow someone who was driving recklessly for a period of time in order to see the driver commits any other traffic infractions.


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