Unlike search warrants, arrest warrants can be valid for years. This means that there could be a warrant out for your arrest that you are unaware of. This is unlikely unless you have violated the law in some serious way and finding out if you have any outstanding warrants is not always an easy process.
Can I Ask the Police Myself?
While it is possible to ask the police directly, they will likely tell you that you must come down to the police station and present ID to see if there are any warrants in your name. This is not the wisest option because if there are any warrants, you will be arrested on the spot.
What Other Options Do I Have?
If you do not want to go to the police asking if there is a warrant out for you arrest, you still have other options. These include the following:
- You can go down to the county or district clerk's office.
- You can get a criminal defense attorney to check on your behalf.
- You can also have a bail bondsman check on your behalf.
- You can contact an individual or company that performs warrant searches.
Some of these options may cost a fair amount of money, but they are better options than finding out about an arrest warrant by being arrested. Also, there are websites that have databases of warrants that you can search. Most of these sites will charge a fee for the service. However, it may be difficult to find out if there is an warrant out for your arrest if it is a John Doe warrant.
What Should I Do if There is a Warrant for My Arrest?
If there is a warrant for your arrest, you will likely want to clear it up as soon as possible. The best advice is to contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An experienced criminal defense attorney can advise you of you rights and defenses and help you with the complicated legal system.
Other Tips in Searching for an Arrest Warrant
You should make sure that you are searching in the right system. There are different systems for state and federal cases and there are different systems among the different states. Just because there isn't a warrant for your arrest in California doesn't mean there isn't one in Nevada. Also, use common sense in searching for arrest warrants. For example if you've never been outside the state of New York, it is highly unlikely that there are any warrants for your arrest in Ohio.