can police wait outside their jurisdiction for a crime to happen then follow you into their jurisdiction and than pull you over and arrest you

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can police wait outside their jurisdiction for a crime to happen then follow you into their jurisdiction and than pull you over and arrest you

two friends and i spotted in county b buying drugs and doing them by a cop from county a he watched us then followed us until we crossed into his county then he pulled us over and arrested us.if he had permission to be in county b why was the arrest not performed in that county?is this legal?

Asked on June 30, 2009 under Criminal Law, Michigan

Answers:

J.V., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

I will assume you were arrested for possession. If that's the case there is absolutely no issue because you were in possession of the drugs in the county you were arrested in. If the arrest was for the purchase of drugs again I would suggest it will stick even if the case is transferred to the county where the transaction occurred. However if the latter is the case make sure to tell you attorney of the facts. In a criminal defense it is important to attempt to make all possible arguments because the prosecution is building a case against you and they need to ensure all their evidence is in order. If you have the ability to possibly put a wrench in that it can only assist in your defense.

So although it seems it will be able to proceed as it is I would suggest consulting with your attorney to see if in fact this information may help put a hole in their story. Good luck and please fel free to post again if you have additional questions.


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