Immigration officers in the US can arrest people who have violated immigration law, even if the violation is not criminal (8 USC 1357(a)(2), 8 CFR 287.5(c)(1)). Are there other examples of civil violations in the US that can lead to arrest of the violator?

  • "Detain" is not the same as "arrest"; which do you mean? I read one citation to mean that an officer can detain a suspect until he can be lawfully arrested. May 6, 2019 at 12:30
  • @TimLymington where do you see the word "detain"? I see only "arrest."
    – phoog
    May 6, 2019 at 13:10
  • Are you only interested in civil crimes at the federal level?
    – Ron Beyer
    May 6, 2019 at 14:16
  • @RonBeyer I don't think there's such a thing as a "civil crime," since civil violations are by definition distinct from criminal violations. I am principally interested in federal civil violations, yes, but not exclusively. If you have something interesting to say about the situation in any state, please say it.
    – phoog
    May 6, 2019 at 14:26

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Contempt of court is an example, I’m sure there are others.

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