Mistake of Law can justify NJ MV Stop – Muni-mail

[05/05/2016, 1:44 p.m.]  The Appellate Division ruled this morning in State v. Sutherland that a reasonable, good faith mistake of law by a police officer can serve as a justification for a motor vehicle stop. This holding is in conformity with the United States Supreme Court decision in Heine v. North Carolina, 135 S. Ct. 530 (2014) and essentially overrules a contrary holding from a different Appellate Division panel in State v. Puzio, 379 NJ Super. 378 (App. Div. 2005).

For the PDF of the opinion in State v. Sutherland, click here.