Asked in Criminal Law for Texas

Q: In Texas are police officers required to report a crime when they learn of it?

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Walker Fults
Walker Fults
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Dallas, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Police have discretion to report, ticket, or charge someone with a crime. For example, police often see a traffic offense, and find during the course of a legal stop that they may have the legal authority to write 4 different tickets. A good police officer may only choose to write one ticket, and educate the driver about the other issues. This would be an example of police discretion.

Remember that police are human beings too. They want to enforce the law, but they also want to have good relations with other people. Being kind and polite to police officers is always a good idea; just don't let them push you around or intimidate you, and remember to never confess to breaking the law.

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