What is an arrest?
When you are arrested you are taken into custody. This means that you are not free to leave the scene. You are usually handcuffed, placed in a police vehicle and transported to jail. Without being arrested, however, you could still be detained or held for questioning for a short time if a police officer or other person believes you may be involved in a crime. Whether you are arrested or detained, you do not have to answer any questions except to give your name and address and show some identification if requested.