How long can an officer follow you before they stop you?

An officer followed me for 4 miles before stopping me.

Asked on December 3, 2015 under General Practice, Arizona


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

There is no limit as to how long a police officer may follow a car in either a public place or on a public road. The fact is that there are no privacy rights violated in being "followed" by a police officer. However, they must have probable cause to pull a vehicle over (i.e. for speeding, a broken tail light, failure to obey a traffic signal, etc.). They may then write a ticket for the offense for which they believe you committed. Of course, you may then defend yourself in court against the charge. Just because a ticket was written does not mean you are guilty of the offense.

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