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This section of our website is dedicated to those of you who have or know someone who has a pending arrest warrant. First, it should be said that the laws regarding warrants can be more complicated than can be explained on a website. Further, every warrant situation is different and different rules can apply. This section should be used for general information only. Since your freedom may be at stake, contact a qualified criminal defense lawyer to address your specific situation.
I Just Found Out I Have A Warrant. Now What?
If a warrant has been issued for your arrest, call an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. An experienced criminal defense attorney will be able to instruct you on how to deal with a warrant. A lawyer can provide you with valuable information regarding where to go to turn yourself in, whether or not you will need money to bail out of jail (including an approximate amount of money needed); and how to go about posting bail.
In some jurisdictions and courts, a person with a warrant may be allowed, with the assistance of counsel, to be taken straight in to court to answer for the warrant without having to turn himself/herself into a jail. Obviously that is usually a better option, if available.
Will I Get A Bond?
It's important to note that in some cases, a person may not be able to bail out of jail after he or she has been "picked up" on a warrant. This can happen because the court may order him or her held without the benefit of bond or bail (also known as being held "no bond"). In some of those cases, being held "no bond" can be avoided with the assistance of counsel.
Will They Come After Me If I Don't Turn Myself In?
Yes. Warrants officers are very busy and from time to time have difficulty serving all warrants as quickly as they wish. However, these officers are responsible for serving each warrant they are given. Warrants officers decide what warrants to serve and when to attempt to serve them. Therefore, one must assume that he or she may be next on the list.
Will They Come To My Work?
Yes. Nothing stops a warrants officer from serving the warrant at work. In some cases however, service of the warrant at work might be avoided with the assistance of counsel. It can also be avoided if the wanted person turns himself/herself in prior to the warrant being served. However, one should not do this without first contacting a qualified criminal defense attorney.
How And Where Do I Turn Myself In?
Each county has different locations for turning yourself in. A wanted person can call the warrants office of that county (usually the sheriff's office) for information on when and where to turn yourself in. HOWEVER, a wanted person should contact a qualified lawyer BEFORE making such phone calls or turning himself/herself in. The advice of counsel is crucial at this point in assisting a person with bail/bond issues as well as protecting and preserving possible legal defenses. Call an experienced criminal defense attorney first!
I Was Told I Had A Warrant But I Don't Have One Yet
Often a person might be told by court personnel or a police officer that he or she has a warrant for his or her arrest, but then when he or she checks online or with the warrants office, there is not one. Initially, one must understand the process a warrant goes through. Initially, someone, usually a law enforcement officer, requests a warrant. Second, a judge or magistrate reviews the request and either grants or denies the request. Third, if the judge grants the request, he or she orders a warrant TO BE ISSUED. At this point, paperwork must still be done to make the warrant ACTIVE.
Thus, it is possible to get information from an official source that there is a warrant, but that warrant may be in the early stages and may not be active yet. Usually it only takes about 24 hours or less from the time the judge begins reviewing the request until the warrant becomes active, so this process can go quickly.
Finally, contacting an experienced criminal defense attorney upon finding out you have a warrant could allow the attorney the opportunity to:
- Assist you in turning yourself in;
- Assist you in finding out whether you will have bond;
- Assist you in getting bond if initially denied by the court;
- Assist you in appearing in court for your initial hearing;
- Assist you in avoiding getting "picked up" at work;
- Assist you in preserving legal rights and defenses;
- Assist you in finding out if a warrant is active or is about to be;
- Assist you with the charges with the preparation of your defense.
These are just a few of the reasons you should call a lawyer NOW if you have a warrant.
If you have a warrant, make that phone call 260-918-6824! The lawyers at Arnold Terrill Anzini, P.C., believe that you will be glad you did.