Can someone report a traffic violation by calling in someone's license plates to the Police?
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This is not an uncommon occurrence. However, because the officer did not witness the incident, only if the reporting citizen is willing to testify, could the prosecuting authority meet their burden of proof. Good Luck.
Third party complaints leading to traffic citations are rare but still authorized under the law. However, your lawyer should be able to negotiate a favorable resolution for you, so long as you do not have a bad record, without a trial, since the witness/complainant is likely to lose interest over time.
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Traffic violations, as with crimes, can be reported by private citizens who are not law enforcement officers. The ultimate issue may come down to credibility, but testimony by an eye witness can be enough for a ticket to be issued, and for a guilty verdict at trial.
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The sworn testimony of a witness is evidence. if they have a witness willing to come to court and testify as to observed conduct that violated the traffic code, they can certainly write the ticket. If your friend disputes the allegation, he can plead not guilty, the case will be set for trial, and he can tell his side of the story to a the judge. If he is serious about contesting the ticket, he should consult a local traffic lawyer.
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