Can you make a citizen’s arrest in Florida?

Did you know that in certain situations, private individuals have the power to make an arrest without a warrant? These types of arrests, known as citizen’s arrests, occur when ordinary people either detain criminals themselves or direct police officers to detain a criminal.

Like many other states, Florida follows common law regarding citizen’s arrest. Under Florida law, an average citizen can detain another indvidual until law enforcement arrives. However, this is only if they witness or have reasonable belief that the individual committed a felony.

For more information, check out our blog post on citizen’s arrest.


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