Is it illegal for me to get a ticket if the cop was on the side of the road with his lights off to where I couldn’t see him?

I got pulled over for speeding but i didn’t see the cop before it was too late because he didn’t have any of his lights on.

Asked on June 24, 2012 under General Practice, Illinois


MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

He doesn't have to have his lights on or be in sight. An officer is entitled to be on public roads or right of ways for this sole purpose -- of catching violators.  You will not be able to challenge the ticket based on that but what you can do is to attempt to speak with the court to either lower the fine or do community service.

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