What is the difference between being detained and arrested?

Arrested” means you have been taken into custody and can’t leave. You can be “detained” for a short period of time if a police officer or other person believes you may be involved in a crime.

Can you be detained without being arrested?

The law of “stop-and-frisk”—also known as “Terry stops”—in California consists of two basic rules: Police may temporarily detain you in a public place—even without a valid arrest warrant—if they have a “reasonable suspicion” that you have been involved in criminal activity;1 and Police may conduct a pat-down search (

What happens when you are detained?

A detention of an individual is when he or she is held under suspicion of criminal behavior for possible interview or interrogation. If during a detention officers discover evidence that ties the person to the crime, he or she may then face an arrest as well.

What is lawfully detained?

Detention is the process whereby a state or private citizen lawfully holds a person by removing their freedom or liberty at that time. This can be due to (pending) criminal charges preferred against the individual pursuant to a prosecution or to protect a person or property.

What it means to be detained?

1 : to hold or keep in or as if in custody detained by the police for questioning. 2 obsolete : to keep back (something due) : withhold. 3 : to restrain especially from proceeding was detained by a flat tire.

Can you resist being detained?

Resisting arrest is a misdemeanor, punishable under California Penal Code 148(a)(1) PC. Anyone who “resists,” “delays,” or otherwise “obstructs” an officer or EMT in the course of his or her duties can be charged under Penal Code 148 (a).

When can you legally be detained?

Police Detainment

The police can detain you when they have a reasonable suspicion that you have committed a crime. While no set time limit exists, police are only allowed to detain you for a reasonable period while they conduct an investigation.

Do cops have to tell you why you are being detained?

If you are being detained, this means they do not have evidence to officially arrest you. If you are being arrested, you have the legal right to know why you are being arrested.

What do police see when they run your name?

A search of records from the state registration agency (called the “Department of Motor Vehicles” in most places) yields information on your car and to whom it’s registered. In general, police have unrestricted access to the DMV, driver’s license, and warrant databases, as well as the local police records.

Should you talk to police without a lawyer?

You should never talk to the police without first consulting an attorney. Police officers are trained to obtain confessions, admissions and inconsistencies. When the officer later testifies at a hearing or at trial, they will testify to what they remember that you said, not to what you actually said.

What can police see on a background check?

The background investigation includes but is not limited to the following reviews: criminal record, credit history, military record, current and previous employment history and references.

Do cops run your plates when they are behind you?

Yes, the cop is allowed to run your plates. The cop needs reasonable suspicion that you have committed a traffic violation or crime to pull you over.

What to do when a cop is following you?

If a police car is following you with its siren blaring or emergency lights flashing, pull over to the right quickly (but safely) and come to a complete stop in a safe place. Pulling over right away isn’t an admission of guilt. It just means that you were alert to everything that was happening around you.