Legal Studies 3080

Detention

First, it is important to distinguish between merely being detained by the police and actually being arrested. As you saw in the preceding lesson, the police have to go through four steps to arrest you. The police are also limited in their right to arrest; as you have seen, for example, an officer cannot arrest you if he or she catches you about to commit a summary conviction offence - unless there is a warrant out for you, that is.

  • Detention: the act of keeping a person in custody.