Does being told to wait in a police car considered an arrest?

Asked on September 29, 2014 under Criminal Law, New York

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S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

If you were told to wait in the police car and subsequently allowed to leave, then you weren't arrested.

If you were arrested, you would have been informed that you were under arrest and charged with a criminal offense.  If you had been arrested, there would have been a custodial interrogation which means you would not be allowed to leave and would be questioned while in custody.


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