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    Default Out of jurisdiction?

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    Street Lawyer
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    719, Colorado

    Default Re: Out of jurisdiction?

    if you have NOT recorded anything else and it is on digital media, I can help you restore the video if you have linux. In any event, regarding jurisdiction, MA officers can only enforce the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusettes and can not impose those laws on another State's territory. Now, if this was a pursuit that happened in MA and the pursuit lead into NH, he may have the authority to pursue you up to a certain amount of miles into NH territory and apprehend you. For example California Peace officers can pursue up to 20 miles into the State of Nevada, where NV officers would take over the pursuit. But if he simply saw you speeding *IN* NH there is nothing he could do.

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    Yoda of Radar
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    Dallas, Texas

    Default Re: Out of jurisdiction?

    He probably just had some reason to turn around. Realised he was low on gas and went back to the closest station, or something.

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    Yoda of Radar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005

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    Glad I could help explain Jurisdiction to you.

    Some states have what is called a State Police State. If your state has a example: Illinois State Police. This means the State police can patrol anywhere in the state not just on highways, they may patrol city streets as well. Also Cities within that state are free to patrol anywhere in the state as well. They may also be contracted to attend events at other locations throughout the state such as stings, traffic safety ect. The only thing that stops them from doing such would be a police department policy that forbids them from going out of their jurisdiction.

    Now if your state has a "State Highway Patrol", then this usually means that The "State Highway Patrol" must patrol only State Highways and Interstates within that state" - However certain allowances accepted in such cases where the state is needed in a felony crime and/or investigation. The Highway Patrol is not allowed to patrol city streets, side streets ect.

    *There is one exception to this rule and that is University Police and some other cities have an open state "State Police" type of allowance, such as very large cities that are operated under the states police. Examples are, St. Louis Metropolitan Police, Kansas City, MO Police.

    I would also like to mention that police usually travel outside their city limits in order to get to another part of their city due to some cities being split. The problem with this is that some cities forget or disregard that they are not in their city limits and still do traffic enforcement out of their city limits. Legal or not not many think to check to see where the officer was when they were caught.

    One last point, it is lawful for an officer to shoot you with radar, laser ect inside his city limits and pull you over in another city.
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