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Distinguishing Between Investigative Stops and Arrests

Perspectives From a Criminal Defense Attorney

In distinguishing between an investigative stop and an arrest, courts consider a variety of factors, including:

(a) display of weapons by officers; (b) presence of numerous officers; (c) physical restraint or touching of the suspect; (d) blocking a suspect’s exit route; (e) use of handcuffs or other restraints; (f) tone of voice and authoritative commands; and (g) length and manner of the detention.

Knowing the difference between whether you were stopped for investigation or arrested can be extremely complicated. However, the good news is that you are not alone. The skilled Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers at Wallin and Klarich will be there when you call. Contact our law firm as soon as possible so we can begin to help you. Contact us at 1-888-280-6839, or visit our website, www.wklaw.com for more information.

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Wallin & Klarich was established in 1981. Over the past 32 years, our law firm has helped tens of thousands of families in their time of legal need. Regardless of whether our clients faced criminal or DUI charges, the loss of their driving privilege, or wanted to clean up their criminal record, we have been there to help them.