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Highway laws

If an officer clocks your speed and pulls you over, how many miles does he have to pull you over? Example if a cop pulls you over for something you did 10 miles ago the ticket should be in Alain because it wasn’t addressed at the time of infraction. If an officer is behind you by a mile and catches up to you by speeding, without his lights or sirens on, does that mean he was speeding because he wasn’t enforcing the law at that point. So he would be breaking the law to enforce the law. Would I be able to fight this ticket?

Asked on October 5, 2016 under General Practice, Utah

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

1) There is NO hard and fast limit within which he must pull you over. As long as he was within his jurisdiction--within the geographic area in which he has authority--he could pull you over at any time. A delay in pulling you over does not invalidate the ticket.
2) No, he was not speeding if he was surreptitiously catching up to you to clock you for speeding or pull you over: the law does not require the police to announced their presence or activities at all time (e.g., unmarked cars and undercover police are both obviously legal).
3) Even if, for the sake of argument, the officer was speeding, that has nothing to do with your speeding: his hypothetical wrong doing does not cancel out your violation.
You have not indicated anything in your question that would give you grounds to beat the ticket.


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