Detainment / Arrest – Rights of a suspect after arrest or detainment

After you arrest someone, you must turn him over to the police without delay. You should write down the time you made the arrest and the time that you called the police. If you delay too long in calling the police, you may be guilty of an illegal detention.

Texas law does not define a “reasonable delay.” 

For example, if you had to walk a half-mile to get to the nearest phone or wait at your post for your partner to relieve you, these would be considered reasonable delays. 


if a phone is handy and you wait an hour before calling, this could be considered an unreasonable delay. If you made a legal arrest, then the police, by Jaw, must take custody of the suspect. Custody means “to take

charge of.” If the suspect is charged with a serious offense, the police will probably take him to the station, take fingerprints, and make a photo identification. They might not release the suspect unless bail is posted. Taking custody of suspects charged with less serious offenses may not involve going to the station. The police may choose to cite and release the suspect pending a hearing. This is also considered “taking into custody.”

The police will take down a statement of what happened, so you should observe as many details as possible. The police will also investigate to collect evidence. You may be asked to testify at the trial.