pretext arrest

Definition of "pretext arrest"
  1. 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
How to use "pretext arrest" in a sentence
  1. The police conducted a pretext arrest under the guise of a traffic offense to probe suspected drug possession.
  2. Defense attorneys often challenge the legality of a pretext arrest as it often infringes on personal liberties.
  3. The officer justified the pretext arrest for speeding to investigate the suspected robbery.

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