If you’re like most drivers, you probably spend a fair amount of time worrying about getting pulled over. And for good reason! Getting stopped by the cops can be an intimidating experience for many people. However, if you’re a safe and responsible driver, you shouldn’t have anything to fear. But what happens if you get pulled over by an officer who isn’t in your sight and not expecting it? Can a cop mail you a ticket without pulling you over? Keep reading to find out.
Can A Cop Mail You A Ticket Without Pulling You Over?
A cop may issue you a ticket, even if he or she doesn’t pull you over. That’s because the law states that if you are speeding, or running a red light, and fail to stop for the officer, then you can get a traffic ticket from him or her. However, there is an exception. The officer must have at least “reasonable suspicion” that your speed or light violation is dangerous and that it’s necessary for him to pull you over.
When Can A Police Officer Mail You A Ticket?
- If a police officer sees you commit an offense, he or she can write you a ticket.
- If the police officer does not see you commit an offense but sees that you committed the violation, he or she can still write you a ticket.
- A police officer cannot issue a traffic citation to someone who is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. (In fact, it is illegal for an officer to stop someone who is DUI.)
- A cop cannot give you a traffic citation for following too closely, going through a red light, or running a stop sign while driving at less than the speed limit. 5. A cop cannot give you a traffic citation if there are no other cars around when he pulls you over and sees your violation take place.
- A cop cannot issue several tickets to one person in one day unless there are multiple violations that occurred during that period of time and all of them happened at once (for example: speeding in excess of 35 miles per hour). 7. Police officers can only mail traffic citations on weekdays from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm (or from 8:00 am until midnight if it’s winter) unless they have another reason for mailing them on another day of the week (such as if their office is closed on Sundays). Even though some cops believe that they can mail tickets whenever they want, there are laws against it in most states and cities across America because it restricts citizens’ constitutional rights.
- If you receive a traffic citation, you have the right to contest it in a court of law. (You can also contest a parking ticket by going to your local government and explaining why the fine isn’t fair or why you shouldn’t have received a ticket at all.)
- If you cannot afford to pay the fine on time, you can ask the court to reduce the amount of money that you owe by making arrangements with your creditor or employer.
- If you are convicted of a traffic violation, your license will be suspended and/or revoked for up to 6 months unless there is an exception that applies in your state or city.
- It is illegal for police officers to make arrests during traffic stops unless they have probable cause that someone has committed a crime against them (such as committing assault, burglary, or robbery). If an officer does not have probable cause for an arrest, he or she must let the person go without any charges being filed against him or her.
Can Cops Mail You A Citation Without Seeing You Break The Law?
- The officer must have a “reasonable suspicion” that you committed the violation.
- You must have committed the violation while in his or her view.
- You must have been driving a vehicle at the time of the violation (in other words, you can’t get a ticket for a moving violation).
- The officer must be able to legally stop your car and issue the ticket.
- The officer cannot be in an unmarked car or on another official business when he pulls you over and issues a citation to you.
- The officer cannot issue multiple citations to many people in one day, like during a traffic stop blitz unless he is following up on an earlier ticket that someone else received from him that same day (for instance, if he sees two cars commit violations and then gets back behind one of them). The tickets can only be issued by him personally; not by his partner or supervisor who was part of the traffic stop blitz (called “secondary employment”) but not present during it (called “primary employment”).
- If someone else is driving your car when you commit a violation, then they are responsible for any citation issued by the police officer who pulled you over to issue that citation because they are not being issued by him or her personally. But if they were driving your car when you were pulled over, then they are responsible for any ticket(s) issued by them personally only if the officer was present at the time of the citation.
- If you get a ticket from a cop who has been pulled over by you, then you have to pay it within 30 days of receiving it or before the end of that 30-day period, whichever comes first.
- If you get a ticket from a cop who was not pulled over by you and did not witness your violation, then you have 30 days to pay it or before the end of that 30-day period, whichever comes first.
- If you get a ticket from an officer in another state or country who is not employed by your local police department, then it is still considered illegal in New York State to mail you a ticket unless he has some kind of official work permit or agreement with your city’s police department that allows him to do so (such as if he works for Interpol). This is because New York State law says that only the NYPD can issue tickets to people in New York State if they are driving cars registered in New York State (see below).
Getting stopped by the cops can be an intimidating experience, especially for those who don’t know their rights as a driver. In most cases, the best way to avoid getting a traffic citation is to drive safely and within the law. If you do happen to get pulled over, keep your cool and act respectfully. You’ll likely walk away with a warning. In some cases, an officer will mail you a ticket instead of pulling you over. While this can be frustrating, it’s important to remember that all officers are doing their job, and you should follow their instructions.