Search
  • katie3699

What is probable cause?

During criminal cases, this legal principle can make all the difference: probable cause!


What is Probable Cause?


Before law enforcement can make an arrest, they must have probable cause. Probable Cause means that officers have a very objective circumstance that suggests criminal activity. If an officer finds hard evidence of a crime, they have probable cause as well. This is important because it ensures that the officers cannot make arrests based on a bad feeling. They MUST find substantial proof of a crime to even get a warrant or proceed with an investigation.


An Example of Probable Cause


Two officers are patrolling a nearby street, when they notice an individual carrying a large duffle bag. As the person is running, they trip and fall to the ground dropping the bag, which splits open and reveals a lot of jewelry pieces. The officer then get's a call over the radio stating that a local pawn shop was robbed.

At this point the officer has enough information to sufficiently say that the individual they saw running from the direction of the shop with a duffle bag full of jewelry, is probably the perpetrator. Because of that, he has probable cause and can proceed with an arrest.


If you want more information, visit our website www.ashmorelawfirm.com







12 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All