Minneapolis, MN asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Minnesota

Q: Can cops watch me on a traffic cam and wait for me to drive away so he can mail me tickets

I got pulled over on the highway by a state patrol he gave me a dar ticket then he left he called dispatch and told them to watch me on the camera and let him know if I leave I left but he never pulled me over again he didn't even see me leave but cause he had somebody watch the camera until I did something wrong he mailed me a bunch of tickets isn't that illlegal to sit and watch me on a traffic cam tell I do something wrong then mail me tickets

1 Lawyer Answer
Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: More than one defense comes to mind based on this description. Evidence of the identity of whoever may have been seen driving a vehicle via a traffic cam, would seem to be lacking. The prosecution could also have witness problems, needing not only the State Patrol Officer but also whoever was the traffic cam "witness." I'd suggest fighting them all in court.

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