Will the case against me be thrown out if the police failed to obtain an arrest warrant?

Failure to obtain a warrant won't necessarily result in dismissal of the charges.

Question

Will the case against me be thrown out if the police failed to obtain an arrest warrant?

Answer

As long as a police officer has probable cause to believe that a crime was committed and that the arrestee committed it, a warrantless arrest usually is valid. In general, police officers need to obtain arrest warrants only when they intend to enter a suspect’s dwelling in a nonemergency situation.

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