How can the police arrest a person and keep them for over 24 hours without fingerprinting them or taking their mugshot?

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How can the police arrest a person and keep them for over 24 hours without fingerprinting them or taking their mugshot?

Person was released on bond.

Asked on June 14, 2011 under Criminal Law, Mississippi

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You should be charged with an offense once the police have sufficient evidence; and you should be released as soon as it is clear that they will not be charging you.  As a general rule the police can detain you for up to 24-36 hour depending on the offense (or 96 hours with the permission of a magistrate).  At the end of that period they must charge you, release you unconditionally or release you on bail.

Since you presented little by way of the specific facts of your case it's hard to advise further. At this point you may want to consult directly with a criminal law attorney in your area.


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