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Old 02-06-2020, 11:31 PM   #1
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Default Can a cop arrest me because my cousin told him I was doing drugs?

Can a cop arrest me because my cousin told him I was doing drugs. Just told him??? That's it?
As it turned out I was NOT doing anything that night so they angrily released me.

But was it legal to arrest me??
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Old 02-07-2020, 12:21 AM   #2
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Default Re: Can a cop arrest me because my cousin told him I was doing drugs?

Yes, it was legal.

Your beef is with your cousin.
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Old 02-07-2020, 12:46 AM   #3
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Default Re: Can a cop arrest me because my cousin told him I was doing drugs?

Probable cause is the key issue in the arrest process. The police need probable cause to make an arrest or obtain an arrest warrant from a judge.

To establish probable cause, police officers must be able to point to objective circumstances leading them to believe that a suspect committed a crime. A police officer can’t establish probable cause by saying only something like, “I just had a hunch that the defendant was a burglar.”

Judges, not police officers, have the last word on whether probable cause exists. A police officer may be sincere in believing that the facts establish probable cause. But if a judge examines that same information and disagrees, then probable cause does not exist (or did not exist, if the question is being decided after an arrest).

Note that probable cause may have existed at the time of an arrest even if you didn't actually do anything wrong. Put differently, an arrest is valid as long as it is based on probable cause, even if the arrested person is innocent.

In general, probable cause requires more than a mere suspicion that a suspect committed a crime, but not as much information as would be required to prove the suspect guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Because probable cause is an abstract concept, a firm definition of it is evasive. Courts have to determine case by case whether there is or was probable cause for an arrest.
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