- Pretext arrest refers to the detention of an individual for a less serious violation, like a traffic infraction, primarily done to investigate their potential participation in a more serious crime when there is no legitimate justification to arrest them for that major crime. It is also known as pretextual arrest
- The police conducted a pretext arrest under the guise of a traffic offense to probe suspected drug possession.
- Defense attorneys often challenge the legality of a pretext arrest as it often infringes on personal liberties.
- The officer justified the pretext arrest for speeding to investigate the suspected robbery.