Things To Assess Before You Attempt A Citizen's Arrest

Wanting to make a citizen's arrest on someone who appears to be breaking the law is often noble—but you need to be sure about what is happening before you jump into action. Some citizen's arrest scenarios can turn out badly for both parties and potentially lead to you facing a charge of assault and battery for forcefully detaining someone and perhaps even hurting him or her. This risk doesn't necessarily mean that you shouldn't intervene if you believe that there's a need, but you need to be extremely cautious before you get involved.