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A Summary and Analysis of Warrantless Arrest Statutes for Domestic Violence in the United States

Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Forthcoming

MSU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 8-22

24 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2013  

April M. Zeoli

Michigan State University - School of Criminal Justice

Hannah Brenner

California Western School of Law

Alexis Norris

Michigan State University

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Domestic Violence, Legal Intervention, Batterers, Criminology

Suggested Citation

Zeoli, April M. and Brenner, Hannah and Norris, Alexis, A Summary and Analysis of Warrantless Arrest Statutes for Domestic Violence in the United States. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Forthcoming; MSU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 8-22. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1713229

April M. Zeoli

Michigan State University - School of Criminal Justice ( email )

East Lansing, MI 48824
United States

Hannah Brenner (Contact Author)

California Western School of Law ( email )

225 Cedar Street
San Diego, CA 92101
United States

Alexis Norris

Michigan State University ( email )

Agriculture Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1122
United States

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