Unless the police officer observes you committing the crime that you’ve been accused of, then that police officer does indeed need to go and get a warrant. If it’s a misdemeanor crime that’s committed in his presence and it’s a nonviolent misdemeanor, even at that point he’ll probably need to go get a warrant, depending upon the specifics of the crime that’s alleged against you. One thing to remember is that if the police officer is arresting you, the important thing is to not resist violently or not to attempt to try to win the case at the roadside. Basically be polite, cooperate with law enforcement and contact an attorney as soon as possible.
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