What To Do When There is a Warrant for Your Arrest

Every once in awhile, the cops in one of our local cities will take a weekend and go through the city arresting people who have outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants. What many people don’t know, however, is how easily one can have a warrant for their arrest without even knowing it.

How did I get this Warrant for my Arrest?

One common way people get a warrant issued is when they miss a court date. If you’re issued a reckless driving ticket, for example, but you forget to show up for your court date, you’ll eventually have a misdemeanor warrant issued for  your arrest.

Another way this happens is when detectives have been investigating a crime, perhaps even for years or months, but finally decide that they have enough evidence to charge you with the crime. When they initiate the charge, a warrant will be issued for your arrest. You will likely not even know what crime they are charging you with until you are actually arrested or turn yourself in on the warrant.

What do I do if There is a Warrant for My Arrest?

Typically arrest warrants will not be recalled or cancelled. They must be “served” on the suspect. The way to get an arrest warrant taken care of is by turning yourself in.  A criminal defense attorney can help arrange for turning yourself in on your terms, which is always preferable to being suddenly arrested at your home or place of employment.

For some charges, after you turn yourself in, you will be released on some type of bond until your trial date. For more serious charges, you will not be released on bond immediately, and you will need an attorney for a bond hearing in order to be released.  At the bond hearing, the Attorney can argue to the Judge that you should be released from jail pending your court date.

If you suddenly realize that there is an active warrant for your arrest, your first call should be to a criminal defense attorney. Your attorney can give you advice on what to do if you encounter the police, and can help you arrange to appear for your court date and face your charges with minimal disruption and “drama” to your daily life.  It is always better to get an attorney and follow his or her advice as you face the charges head-on, rather than hide from the authorities and always be looking over your shoulder.

If you discover that you have an active warrant for your arrest, or think you might have a warrant for your arrest, contact me.  I can help you arrange to face your charges and deal with them once and for all.