My question involves criminal law for the state of: Vermont
Is implied permission by one police department an affirmative defense against being charged by another police department for the same activity?
I ride a motorized bicycle. I have been riding this motorized bike for two years and have been witnessed hundreds of times by the police department of the city where I live. I have had direct contact with the city police numerous times riding this bike and have been allowed to continue to ride it.
I was recently stopped by a state police officer and was given a criminal DLS citation. I was arraigned yesterday.
If one police department interpreting one statute allows me to ride the motorized bike, how can I be prosecuted by another police department interpreting the same statute differently?