Hello. Yes, an officer may issue a citation without having personally witnessed the incident. Quite often police officers do not personally witness auto vehicle accidents, but rather, conduct an investigation after the fact. The standard for issuing the citation is whether the officer has probable cause to believe that the offense had been committed. The signing officer states the summons is based upon “information and belief”. It is another issue to prove the matter in a court of law. You risk higher insurance premiums. You risk the other party initiating a civil action against you in the event personal injury or property damage is alleged. You likely face other potential negative collateral consequences. I urge you immediately seek legal counsel. All the best.
Tricia Dwyer, Esq., Minnesota Traffic Offense Law, Civil Law, General Practice, Tricia Dwyer, Esq. & Associates PLLC, Phone: 612.296-9666.