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When can I be arrested?

With a warrant:  You can be arrested if there is a valid warrant for your arrest. This generally means that a judge has reviewed the evidence relating to allegations that you have violated a law and the judge found that there was probable cause to issue a warrant for your arrest.

Without a warrant: A warrant is not required in order for the police to make a valid arrest. For example, you can be arrested in situations where at the time you are arrested, the police officer has probable cause to believe that you committed a crime (even if the officer does not have a warrant). Probable cause is difficult to define or explain precisely, but generally, it exists when given all the circumstances relating to the arrest and suspected crime, the officer reasonably believes that a crime was committed and that you were the one that committed the crime. This doesn't mean that the officer has to know with certainty or beyond any doubt that you committed the crime. The officer is only required to reasonably believe, given the circumstances, that you committed the crime in question. Of course, if you commit a crime in the presence of a police officer, then the officer would clearly have probable cause to arrest you without a warrant.

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