What Does It Mean When Your Being Detained?

Can police ask where you are going?

If I get stopped by the police, do I have to answer their questions.

Police have the power to stop you in a public place and ask for your name, where you are going and what you are doing.

This is known as “Stop and Account”.

In most circumstances, you don’t have to stay with the officer or answer their questions..

What do police see when they run your name?

When a police officer runs your license plate—independently or in conjunction with a traffic stop—the officer will typically see the vehicle’s registration status (valid, expired, or stolen), the vehicle description (VIN, make, model, type, and color), and the owner’s identity (name and description).

Do police have to tell you why you’re being detained?

Officers don’t need to tell you the cause for your arrest immediately. In most jurisdictions, the criminal court system has 48 hours to provide the reason for your arrest. Typically, if you’re not told directly, you’ll find out your charges and reason for arrest at your arraignment.

Is being detained the same as being in custody?

“Arrested” means you have been taken into custody and can’t leave. You can be “detained” for a short period of time if a police officer or other person believes you may be involved in a crime.

How long can you be detained without charges?

As a general rule: If you’re placed in custody, your “speedy trial” rights typically require the prosecutor to decide charges within 72 hours. Many states adhere to this 72-hour limit. Sometimes, no charges are filed, and you will be released.

Does being detained show up on your record?

Even if you had actually been arrested, you would still not have to admit a conviction unless you had actually been convicted. However, your detention may still be in police records and might show up on a background check.

Can you tell a police officer to leave your property?

However they could only stay for as long as it necessary. If the perpetrator or victim of domestic violence has fled or the situation has calmed down to the point where police presence is no longer necessary, police have no right to stay and you can ask them to leave.

Can police follow you into private property?

Property that is within your house or on your property is generally considered to be private. If the police have to enter onto your property in order to get a look at evidence that they wish to use in court, they generally need a search warrant to do so.