Re: Speeding Tickets and Police Jurisdiction
In CA law enforcement officers have jurisdiction throughout the state. If this was the CA Highway Patrol, they have primary jurisdiction on any highway and rural roadway throughout the state. For local law enforcement, primary jurisdiction will be their political subdivision (county, city, or other entity).
As long as the officer can testify that the violation occurred in the county where the defendant is being prosecuted, then that should be sufficient. It is not a difficult argument to make that if you were doing 75 in a 45 on one side of the county line that you were moving the same speed a few feet later on the other side. Also, officers that are trained in radar or lidar are also trained in visual estimation.
Yes, there COULD be an argument made that the violation occurred in the other county and thus the county you are prosecuted in does no have jurisdiction ... but this would generally require the officer to testify that he observed you commit the violation in the other jurisdiction and not within HIS jurisdiction.
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