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By Toni DeRosa
Wasco Tribune 

Determining arrests can be complicated


February 7, 2019

Toni DeRosa | Wasco Tribune

Sgt. Augustin Moreno

Sometimes, reading the Arrest Log (on Page 2) can be confusing and lead to questions, like when does a suspect have to go to jail, and when are they cited and let go?

In a recent interview, Sgt. Augustin Moreno of the Wasco Sheriff's Department Wasco substation had some answers, but it isn't always black-and-white.

"All felonies are booked into jail," Moreno said. "Even though a DUI is a misdemeanor, the suspect will generally be booked into jail."

Moreno also stated that the majority of misdemeanors can be cited and could be booked into jail. "Some misdemeanors have to be booked into jail -- such as spousal battery." he said.

In a theft, if the value of stolen goods is over $950, it is a felony and a suspect will be booked into jail. However, if the value is under $950, it's called petty theft and a misdemeanor. The suspect can be booked or just cited.

Also, driving without a license is a misdemeanor and the suspect will generally be cited and released; however, they could be booked into jail. It's at the officer's discretion.

"Robbery and selling illegal drugs are both felonies and suspects will be booked," he noted.

On the other hand, driving without insurance is an infraction, and the driver will be cited and released. The uninsured driver is given a certain length of time in which to obtain insurance and will usually have to return to the citing agency to show proof of insurance.

Moreno also added that when an officer is arrested, police departments can only release arrest information.


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