After being involved in several thousand legal cases all over the State of New York for the last twenty years I would says its not that unusual for an officer to take several days to file a report. In fact a client of mine told me last week that when he went to pick up the accident report at the police station the officer told him that he had to change some items on it so it would be a few more days.Look I guess you may be able to use it against the officer in court trying to defend yourself against the offenses but officers are given a lot of leeway. Look at the accident report for any inconsistencies or errors to better your defense. This may include having the wrong direction the vehicles were traveling, statements that were given but never found its way on the report and even missing traffic signals.
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We practice law only in California. In California, the investigating agency may take a reasonable amount of time to complete its investigation. Traffic citations can sometimes be issued immediately but in other cases it may take days and even weeks. We've had police reports ready within one week and in other cases involving major accidents, it has taken an incredibly long six months.
If a traffic citation is eventually issued against you, you may be able to use the delay in your favor depending on the facts of your case. I've found that over time, witnesses tend to forget important details which can make it difficult for criminal charges to be successfully brought against you (the state has the burden of proof -- not you).
It is not your obligation to initiate contact with the police agency. If they are going to issue you a ticket, they will mail you a notice or have it personally delivered. If this does not happen, then consider yourself lucky.
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Jon Mitchell "Mitch" Jackson
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