Forgive me if this seems like an asinine question, and please feel free to be as pedantic as possible if answering. I'm working on data modeling a piece of software and it's relevant to my data structure design. I appreciate any insight that can be offered.
I am of the opinion that the charge(s) must exist before an arrest is made, i.e. one must be charged (by the police, or by another agency with the authority to make arrests) with something before they can be arrested, i.e. one is arrested on charges. I also realize that the charges can and do sometimes change (or disappear, for that matter) after the arrest, but for my purposes that is irrelevant. I am strictly concerned with the circumstances leading to an arrest and jail.
The question also extends to summons and warrants. Charges must exist before one can be summoned or a warrant for the arrest issued.
Am I looking at this the right way?
Thanks in advance to anyone willing to take a few minutes to help me sort this out.