When a criminal offense is committed, an arrest warrant may be issued to bring the person before the court. If you believe there is a warrant out for you, it is best to contact a criminal defense attorney. An attorney will have the knowledge to guide you through this process. This could mean they can get the warrant dismissed or negotiate the terms of a turn-in on the person’s terms. An attorney can find out if the warrant has a bond amount and if so, how much money will need to be posted. The attorney can set up a walk-through with a local bondsman to ensure the person is released from jail as soon as possible.
One thing to keep in mind is that warrants do not expire. There may be a statute of limitations on a crime, but the warrant won’t go away until an arrest is made. This is why it is important to have an attorney on your side.
A warrant can be issued for a number of reasons, including a new crime or a violation of probation. This could happen if a probationer forgets to appear for a probation check-in or has another technical violation. An attorney may be able to look online to see the reason for the warrant. They can also check to see if the warrant is an arrest warrant or bench warrant. A bench warrant is issued by a judge when the defendant violated the rules of the court. However, if a bench warrant is issued, the police can treat it as an arrest warrant to bring the defendant in.
It is best to provide all the details surrounding the arrest when speaking with your attorney. It is important for your attorney to know what the police believe you did. The warrant won’t be issued unless the police have a strong reason, such as probable cause, to believe you committed the crime. Only then can the police take the arrest warrant to a judge to be approved. Then the warrant is entered into Teletype and is active. The police can access this information if they come into contact with you or run your license tag.
For all legal concerns, it is best to consult with an attorney as they will be able to further assist you. Don’t try and fight the warrant on your own or ignore it completely. This may bring worse consequences.