It cannot be denied that there has been a significant uptick in videos of police interactions with ordinary citizens. Whether televised and/or shared via social media, these videos detail how dangerous and even deadly these interactions can become. Ordinary citizens and police officers are being killed at an alarming rate. Therefore, it is essential to become familiar with the laws that underlie these interactions.
Law enforcement, also known as “peace officers,” have the legal authority to “enforce” the law. Enforcing the law means a person can be detained, questioned, or issued a ticket if officers suspect a crime has been committed or witness a crime being committed. They also have the authority to detain, question, issue a ticket or arrest the person(s) they believe aided in the crime or interfered in their investigations. Peace officers include but are not limited to, city and state police officers, county sheriffs/deputies, and conservation officers.
Far too often, police interactions with the public escalate when issues that should be litigated or adjudicated in courts are attempted to be raised or debated on the streets, the shoulder of highways, or at someone’s home. It may prove more beneficial to preserve your protestations for a court of law where you have the opportunity to lawfully confront the peace officer with the aid of an attorney and do so before a neutral third party— a judge who will make a ruling on the merits of your case.
Contact Great Lakes Legal Group, PLLC if you have questions about your arrest or ticket.