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Detention vs. Arrest: How to Tell the Difference

Detention vs. Arrest: How to Tell the Difference

If you are out on the streets minding your own business, and a police officer begins to question you, you might wonder if you are being detained or arrested. The two terms are sometimes used interchangeably, but they have specific legal definitions that are very different. If you are charged with a crime based on evidence that is found during this time, whether you were detained or arrested could have a huge impact on the way your case plays out.