What Happens When I Am Stopped By The Police

What Happens When I Am Stopped By The Police - When Will...

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When Will The Police Stop A Person? Generally, the police may stop a person for committing a traffic violation, for suspicion of being engaged in criminal activity, or to arrest the person for a criminal act. After being stopped by the police, a person will typically be questioned. Can The Police Stop And Question People Who Are Not Under Arrest? Yes. The police can stop a person, and ask questions, without "arresting" the person. Upon seeing suspicious activity, the police may perform what is called a "Terry Stop," and may temporarily detain people to request that they identify themselves and to question them about the suspicious activity. The scope of a "Terry Stop" is limited to investigation of the specific suspicious activity, and if the police detain people to question them about additional matters, the stop can turn into an "arrest." For their own safety, the police can perform a "weapons frisk" on the outside of a person's clothes (sometimes called "patting down the suspect") during a "Terry Stop." During this frisk, if they feel something that may be a weapon, they may remove it from the suspect for further examination. However, they are not entitled to remove items from person's pockets that do not appear to be weapons, even if they believe that the items are contraband. When Is A Person "Under Arrest"? Many people think of an arrest as being a formal declaration by the police, "You are under arrest," followed by the reading of the " Miranda rights ". (As seen on TV: "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the
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This note was uploaded on 07/03/2008 for the course LAW 1 taught by Professor Law during the Spring '08 term at Arizona.

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