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Campus Police Officers now have statewide jurisdiction for traffic stops

Posted by Patrick Kunes | Aug 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Georgia Court of Appeals recently published their decision in State v. Zilke, No. A15A0279.  Before Zilke, it was a well established law (O.C.G.A. 20-3-76) that campus police officers only had jurisdiction within 500 yards of their respective university campus.  The trial court judge granted defendant's motion to suppress on this issue, but the State appealed the ruling.  Judge Michael Boggs delivered the opinion for the appellate court and instead decided that O.C.G.A. 17-4-23 allowed an officer outside of his jurisdiction to make an arrest based on a traffic violation made in their presence. Boggs surmised that this logically follows with the exception made in Sullivan v. State, 308 Ga. App 114 (2011) that allows a campus police officer to make a traffic stop of a person outside of campus territory for an offense that occurred inside campus territory. You can now expect campus officers to make legal traffic stops anywhere inside the State of Georgia based on this new law.

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Patrick Kunes

Patrick Kunes is the most recent addition to Kunes Law Office, having been admitted to practice in November of 2008.  He graduated from Tift County High School in 1999, where he received a Governor's Scholarship through the Georgia Scholar Program. He attended the University of Georgia where he received a B.A. in History in 2003.


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