A Summary and Analysis of Warrantless Arrest Statutes for Domestic Violence in the United States
April M. Zeoli
Michigan State University - School of Criminal Justice
California Western School of Law
Michigan State University
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Forthcoming
MSU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 8-22
In the United States in 2005, more than 60% of the more than 564,000 nonfatal, violent incidents perpetrated by intimate partners were reported to the police. Whether police arrested the alleged perpetrators of domestic violence in response to these reports varied widely, based in part on state law governing the ability or duty of an officer to make a warrantless arrest. Although all 50 states and the District of Columbia currently allow officers to make warrantless arrests for domestic violence, state laws differ from one another in multiple, important ways. This article details, compares, and analyzes differences between state domestic violence warrantless arrest laws.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
Keywords: Domestic Violence, Legal Intervention, Batterers, Criminology
Date posted: April 21, 2013
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