Hagerstown, MD asked in Traffic Tickets for New York

Q: If an officer of the law pull me over and detain me, would they have the authority to order me to get off my phone.

So say I get pulled over on my bike for say a minor traffic violation and I am texting someone on my phone then the officer comes up to me and states that I am detained and told me to put my phone down. Is that an lawful order that I have to follow.

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Zev Goldstein
Zev Goldstein
  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • New City, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: I don't think you will catch a charge for resisting arrest or failure to obey a lawful order for not putting down your phone. I think you will catch a bunch of other charges as the cop gets annoyed at you being discourteous by engaging in a call while you are detained.

Jack Mevorach agrees with this answer

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