How to Get Rid of an Arrest Warrant

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What Is an Arrest Warrant?

An arrest warrant is issued by a judge. The warrant authorizes the police to arrest you and possibly search and detain your property. Depending on the type of arrest warrant you have, such as a John Doe warrant, the police may be actively searching for you. Alternatively, you may never know about the warrant until you get stopped by the police.

In general, there are three types of arrest warrants:

  1. Tickets (such as traffic violations)
  2. Misdemeanors (such as theft and shoplifting)
  3. Felonies

How Can I Find Out If There Is a Warrant for My Arrest?

You can contact your local courthouse; the law clerk can find out whether there is a warrant out for your arrest.

Paying Bail to Get Rid of Warrant

If there is an arrest warrant out for you, you may have an option to pay the bail to prevent the police for arresting you for that matter. If the bail is not paid, then the police can arrest you whenever and where ever.

For example, you are completely unaware of your arrest warrant and decide to go on a Bahamas cruise. At the customs port, the agents are required to run a background check on you. Once the arrest warrant shows up, the local police will arrest you and take you to prison.

Appearing for Your Court Hearing

After you paid bail, you would need to go to your court hearing. At court, the judge will tell you how to get rid of the warrant. Moreover, you will be able to present your case and attempt to lower your punishment or fine.

What If I Missed My Court Date?

Depending on the type of warrant, you may be able to request a new court date. However, some warrants will require you to turn yourself in before you can get a court date. When you turn yourself in, you will be given a hearing on that day. So, if you plan to turn yourself in, you can arrange to have your attorney go with you such that you have proper representation.

Consulting an Attorney

A criminal law attorney can help guide you throughout your arrest warrant process. Moreover, he can represent you in court.

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Last Modified: 12-11-2015 05:20 PM PST

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