We understand that being arrested is stressful and unpleasant, and some of us have gone through the process. Today, I want to answer some of the most commonly asked questions that those of you who have been arrested might have. I will also share some tips as to what to do when you’re arrested, as well as what not to do when if you’re arrested. If you’ve been arrested, call Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys at H Law Group for immediate help.
What is an Arrest?
An arrest occurs when a law enforcement officer takes you into custody, this occurs when an officer takes away your freedom to leave. People who are not attorneys often believe that an arrest occurs only when an officer has taken a person to jail, but arrests usually take place much earlier. An arrest has usually taken place in the following situations:
- An officer stops a person after seeing that person commit a crime
- An officer has probable cause to believe that the person he stopped committed a felony, or
- There is a warrant for a person’s arrest
- An officer stops a person, takes them into custody, and the person is no longer free to walk away from the arresting officer.
If a police officer places you under arrest and restricts your movement, do not resist the officer even if you know that he doesn’t have the right to arrest you or the arrest is illegal. If you resist arrest, you may be charged with resisting arrest, so it’s best to remain calm and go through the process.