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ProdigalJunkMail Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 06:43 AM
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legal question re:holding without a phone call
Hello all goodmorning from your resident jail-bird. I have a brief story to tell, but before wasting anyone's time with that I will pose the question first:

Are there legal requirements that, when one is arrested, they be allowed to make a phone call and if so, is there a time at which that must be granted?

Now for the story for those who are interested :

On Thurs night I was pulled over in NE Georgia. Upon the stop, I handed over my license and registration to the officer for what I assumed would either be a ticket or a warning. A few moments later the officer returns to place me in handcuffs and take me to the local detention center. I was arrested for having a suspended driver's license in NC (my home state...that is something I still have to figure out...not sure WHY it was suspended but that is a tale for another time).

Upon being carted off to the lock-up I was placed in a holding cell for over 12 hours without being allowed to even call my wife to let her know that I was alive...this actually caused the beginning of a four state manhunt looking for me (I was returning from Denver CO). After finally being booked-in some 13 hours after my initial arrest I was allowed to call my wife and thus stopped the manhunt...what a pain and I really think this should be illegal...

Thanks for listening to my rant...I am reall much more calm now! :-)

theProdigal
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Padraig18 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 06:55 AM
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1. Tony (Cuban_Liberal) says...
He was a sheriff's deputy until a week ago, and he says it must be granted within 'a reasonable time'; what is 'reasonable' is dependent on the facts and circumstances, but in IL, it is generally construed to mean within 12 hours.

Hope that helps.

:)
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ProdigalJunkMail Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 06:57 AM
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2. wow...12 hours is crap
I am NEVER late to anything and once my wife noticed that I was an hour late returning home...the calls started.

theProdigal
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