Can I get a ticket for littering if a passenger throws trash out my car?
I was dropping a friend off a couple days ago and he supposedly dumped a bunch of plastic bottles out of my car as he got out (I don't remember them ever being in my car, but I can't say for sure). After he walked away a guy pulled up and said he's an off-duty cop and is gonna give me a ticket for it. He even said "I saw your friend dump that stuff out" so I told him to give my friend the ticket instead but he said he'd still give me the ticket if I didn't clean it up. I cleaned it up because I didn't want any trouble but I was wondering if he actually could have given me the ticket even though he admitted I didn't do it?
BQ: Could he even give tickets when he's off duty? Or if he doesn't have proof that I littered?
A toicket is an accusation, not a conviction. Anyone can be accused of anything. In my state, a cop has the same authority whether on duty or not. Many departments in my state have internal policies about being off-duty, because they do not wish to pay overtime, but that has nothing to do with authority to make an accusation.