Lanham, MD asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio

Q: Can I get issued a ticket without being pulled over even though I had a cop following me?

So I was driving in Mayfield to go get my shot for covid. I didn't want to be late so I was going a bit faster than I should (confident it was 40 in a 35, maybe 42). There was a officer in a drive facing the road so I slowed down to 36. He pulls out and follows behind me for a few minutes till he gets over a lane and turns left while I keep going. He might have had a speed gun that could have picked me up before I slowed down but anyway, if I was going to get a ticket or a violation, wouldn't he had pulled me over and given it to me? I went 35 the rest of the way so am I just overthinking it?

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Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: I think you are overthinking it. He would have pulled you over, if he was going to give you a ticket.

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Ravenna, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Technically he can. Many municipalities in Ohio have started this process. An officer sits there, runs speed, gets the tag and sends the registered owner a speeding ticket. That being said, if he pulled out and followed you but did not pull you over, then you're probably good. If you do get a ticket there may be other defenses you can raise. You may want to sit down with an attorney if you get something in the mail.

Best of luck.

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