Question Details:I ride a motorized bicycle. I have been riding this motorized bike for two years and have been witnessed hundreds of times by the police department of the city where I live. I have had direct contact with the city police numerous times riding this bike and have been allowed to continue to ride it. I was recently stopped by a state police officer and was given a criminal DLS citation. I was arraigned yesterday. If one police department interpreting the same statute allows me to ride the motorized bike, how can I be prosecuted by another police department interpreting the same statute?
If you violated the law, you *should* have been prosecuted by the first police department. If they choose not to, you were lucky; however, note that one law enforcement agency's determination or action cannot bind another agency which does not report to the first one. If there is a statute making what you did illegal, even if your local police chose to not take action, it is valid for another agency, such as the state police, to charge you as long as it was within their jurisdiction, which it probably was--at least if you were on a state road or some other road patrolled by the state police. Again, one agency cannot make decisions or policy for another agency over which they have no control or authority.