fresh pursuit
fresh pur·suit n
1: the immediate and continuous pursuit by police officers of a suspect who is fleeing to avoid arrest that under common law and some state codes gives the officers the right to cross jurisdictional lines in order to make an arrest

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

fresh pursuit
n.
Pursuit by police officers of a suspected felon fleeing the scene of the crime done immediately after the criminal act and without delay, which provides the officers with the common law right to cross state lines to make the arrest; also called hot pursuit.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


fresh pursuit
Also known as "hot pursuit," the chase by police of a person whom police have reason to believe has just committed a crime. In this situation, the officer may arrest the suspect without a warrant. Fresh pursuit also enables an officer to enter another jurisdiction (county or state) to pursue a fleeing suspect (normally, officers' abilities to arrest people are limited to their county and state).
Category: Criminal Law
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


fresh pursuit
n. Law enforcement: the pursuit of a suspect in flight. A police officer may leave his or her jurisdiction while in active pursuit, or may search a building the suspect has entered without first obtaining a warrant.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

fresh pursuit
n.
   immediate chase of a suspected criminal by a law enforcement officer, in which situation the officer may arrest the suspect without a warrant. It can also refer to chasing a suspect or escaped felon into a neighboring jurisdiction in an emergency, as distinguished from entering another jurisdiction with time to alert law enforcement people in that area. Example: when a deputy sheriff from Montgomery County pursues a car driven by a suspected bank robber into Baltimore County (in which he normally has no power to enforce the law), the doctrine of fresh pursuit allows him/her to make the arrest. It is also called hot pursuit.
   See also: hot pursuit

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • fresh pursuit — noun or fresh suit Etymology: fresh pursuit probably translation of Anglo French fresche sute; fresh suit from Middle English vers siute (translation of Anglo French fresche sute), from fresh, fersh, vers fresh + sute pursuit more at suit : a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • fresh pursuit — Refers to common law right of police officer to cross jurisdictional lines in order to arrest a felon. Carson v. Pape, 15 Wis.2d 300, 112 N.W.2d 693, 697. Several states have adopted the Uniform Extra Territorial Arrest on Fresh Pursuit Act.… …   Black's law dictionary

  • fresh pursuit — Refers to common law right of police officer to cross jurisdictional lines in order to arrest a felon. Carson v. Pape, 15 Wis.2d 300, 112 N.W.2d 693, 697. Several states have adopted the Uniform Extra Territorial Arrest on Fresh Pursuit Act.… …   Black's law dictionary

  • fresh pursuit — The pursuit of a person for the purpose of arresting him, which has been continued without substantial interruption from the time of the issuance of the warrant for his arrest or from the time of the commission of the offense, or the discovery of …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • pursuit — That which one engages in as an occupation, trade, or profession; that which is followed as a continued or at least extended and prolonged employment. Dorrell v. Norida Land & Timber Co., 53 Idaho 793, 27 P.2d 960. Activity that one pursues or… …   Black's law dictionary

  • pursuit — A following after one for the purpose of overtaking him. Engaging in something as a profession, an occupation, or a recreation. Cook v Massey, 38 Idaho 264, 220 P 1088, 35 ALR 200, 206. See fresh pursuit …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • fresh suit — An Old English term for fresh pursuit …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • fresh suit — noun see fresh pursuit …   Useful english dictionary

  • Fresh Hare — Infobox Hollywood cartoon cartoon name = Fresh Hare series = Merrie Melodies caption = director = I. Freleng story artist = Michael Maltese animator = Manuel Perez Gerry Chiniquy Richard Bickenbach Phil Monroe Ken Champin voice actor = Mel Blanc… …   Wikipedia

  • fresh suit — In old English law, immediate and unremitting pursuit of an escaping thief. Such a present and earnest following of a robber as never ceases from the time of the robbery until apprehension. Fret. Fr. In French marine law, freight …   Black's law dictionary

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