When am I Considered Under Arrest [Infographic]
When you hear a police officer say "You're under arrest", it is almost always the case that an arrest has occurred.
Here are a few factors that are crucial to know that you have been placed under arrest.
Are You Free to Leave?
If you are not free to leave, the police encounter is not consensual, which raises the likelihood that you have been arrested.
Courts will consider if your freedom of movement was limited and whether a reasonable person would have believed they were not free to leave.
A lengthy detention can turn into an arrest even when force is not used.
Did Police Exercise a Show of Force?
The use of force can upgrade a police encounter from detention to an arrest.
Examples of force include ordering you to exit a vehicle at gunpoint, being ordered to stop and lie face down, etc.
If you believe you have been unlawfully arrested, schedule a free consultation with a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer who will protect your legal rights!