August 7, 2009 By Wallin & Klarich

Insight from a Criminal Defense Lawyer

An officer can generally arrest without a warrant for a felony in California not committed in the officer’s presence. However, there must also be probable cause to believe that the felony was committed and that the suspect committed it, and the arrest must be in a public place. Maryland v. Pringle, 540 U.S. 366 (2003).

A ‘warrantless” arrest of an individual in a public place for a felony is inconsistent with the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution if the arrest is not supported by probable cause.

If you have questions about the circumstances surrounding a felony arrest or criminal defense inquiries, contact the skilled Southern California criminal defense lawyers from Wallin & Klarich for a consultation at 1-888-280-6839. Also, visit us online at

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