Is it legal for the cop to issue a ticket without pulling the person over?

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Is it legal for the cop to issue a ticket without pulling the person over?

I was driving one night around 2 in the morning. Then noticed I was being follow by a

police officer. So I pulled into a parking lot. The cop then got very close to my car and asked me how old I was. I told him 17. He then asked for my driver’s licenses which I gave him. I was then given a ticket for driving past curfew. I’m just wondering since this was a traffic ticket but I was never actually pulled over or even turned on his lights, is he allowed to ticket me with this?

Asked on October 18, 2016 under General Practice, Virginia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, he is allowed to ticket you. There is no requirement whatsoever in the law that a police officer must turn on his lights and/or siren, or "pull over" (i.e. cause to stop) the driver of the car he is ticketing. The ticket is valid (at least as far as this issue is concerned).


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