> Do the police need to prove it was him on the bike?

Do the police need to prove it was him on the bike?

Posted at: 2015-04-14 
I was recently watching a video on youtube of a Yamaha R1 running from the police. For the sake of my question lets say that while the biker was running, the police managed to get his license plate numbers. So heres my question. If the rider was wearing full gear and a helmet and the police had no way to prove it was actually him on the bike would he be charged? Or would he be able to get out of it in court?

The registered owner of the bike would be the most likely suspect, BUT probably would not be charged unless the police could definitely associate the owner with the act. Distinctive helmet or riding gear could be used to help identify the rider.

To do what? issue a speeding ticket and a notice to appear in court? that the license plate registered owner can get. Prove a driving violation to pull license- that may take a bit more effort than a owner of vehicle not cooperating gets a fine- but no license pull in many states. Civil penalty is lessor burden of proof than criminal penalty most states- and alibi defense will work then to keep license. Owner can claim it was stolen or 'borrowed' by someone and left with no owners knowledge of offense and get out of charge- but a later investigation can result then is a perjury charge resulting in actual jail time of maybe a year or so- much more than the usual possible 30 days in jail and years probation for attempted eluding/fleeing.

The police would impound the bike as evidence until the rider was identified and tried in a court of law.

The owner of the bike would have to throw his friend under the bus to get off unless he could prove the bike had been stolen.

That is up to a lawyer to convince a judge. If it can be shone that the person to whom the bike was registered, was in the habit of lending his bike and riding gear to his friends and had an alibi (he was golfing with the judge, maybe ?_

It depends where you are in the world. In the UK the owner would have to name the rider, if s/he fails to name the rider then it is assumed that the rider is the guilty party.

it depends on where you live; but generally speaking yes they do need prove it.