If you have a warrant for your arrest you need to act sooner, not later. This is not a situation where you can ignore something in hopes that it will go away. A warrant means a judge has approved your arrest and it’s simply a matter of time before you are picked up by law enforcement.
Types of Warrants
- Arrest Warrant: If law enforcement believes there is probable cause that you have committed a crime, they present a judge with these facts. The judge will then sign an order for your arrest if they find that there is probable cause.
- Grand Jury Warrant: If the District Attorney believes there is probable cause that you have committed a crime, they present a grand jury with these facts. If the grand jury believes there is probable cause a grand jury warrant is issued.
- Bench Warrant: A judge issues a bench warrant for situation such as (but not limited to) when you miss a scheduled court appearance, were found to be driving on a suspended license, or failed to pay a fine issued from a prior arrest.
Why it is important to handle your warrant ASAP
If you have an outstanding warrant, you may be taken into custody any time, any place. This means it can happen at your home, your job, or during a traffic stop, in front of your family, coworkers, friends, and children. Outstanding warrants can also negatively impact your employment, housing, and loan options as well as child custody/visitation privileges.
What to Do
Having a warrant sounds scary, but it may be simple to resolve. You can often check the status of your warrant, make a payment, request copies of files, and much more by calling your district or county clerk’s office or visiting their website. If you have an active warrant for a severe crime, your best possible option is to seek legal advice before turning yourself in. A legal expert will have all the tools and resources you need to take the next step towards resolving your warrant. If you can’t afford a lawyer, you should reach out to your bail bond company for legal insight, tips, and advice.
What NOT to Do
- Don’t “forget” or ignore the warrant.
- Don’t run from your warrant or attempt to flee.
- Don’t turn yourself in without speaking to your lawyer first.
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