Silver City, NM asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Civil Rights for New Mexico

Q: Can a different officer take over the stop of another officer,tell him to leave then arrest the person.

Shouldn't it be the initial officer that stops the individual who tickets and arrest that person. The initial officer pulled Person over for a head light being out. Other officer shows up and tells the initial officer to leave that he gots this.

1 Lawyer Answer
D'nae L. Robinett Mills
D'nae L. Robinett Mills
  • Hobbs, NM
  • Licensed in New Mexico

A: Typically, the stopping officer is the officer that issues a citation. However, there are circumstances where an officer can take over an investigation for reasons unrelated to the incident i.e. going off of shift or needed on another call. You should contact a lawyer to review your citation and ensure that the stop and citation were issued lawfully and to evaluate if you have any valid defenses. Citations can have a negative effect on your driving record and should be taken seriously.

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