An arrest is defined as the process of denying an individual’s freedom in response to criminal investigation or prevention. It is also carried out in order
to present the arrested person (arrests) to a procedure as mandated by the criminal justice system.
Who Can Carry Out an Arrest?
The police, army personnel and other governing bodies can carry out an arrest. American citizens (with the exception of
North Carolina residents) can also arrest known suspects of a crime, in an act called citizen’s arrest.
What Will Happen During an Arrest?
If the arresting officer believes that you are guilty of a certain offense, he should clarify your Miranda rights before placing your handcuff.
Afterwards, you will be brought to the police station where you will be held in custody for further questioning. You will then be searched
and the officials will have to check and raid through your possessions while you are under their guardianship.
You can only be detained for 24 hours, and if no crime is posted, you should be released.
While in custody, you must know that you have the following rights (Miranda rights), in order to prevent any untoward abuse or
maltreatment from officials:
• The right to be silent.
• The right to get an attorney, or be appointed one if you cannot afford the fees.
• Should you decide to answer questions, you have the right to stop any time until you speak with your attorney.
• The right to medical assistance if you are sick.
• The right to inform someone regarding your whereabouts.
Should you be arrested, do not panic, make any threats or get in a ruckus with the officer. Most importantly, make sure to attend all of the hearings as
mandated by the court.
When it comes to an arrest, it is vital that you know your rights. You must be well-informed of the circumstances so as not to end up with more brushes
against the law.