When an individual is suspected of a criminal act, a judge can issue a warrant giving police authorization to arrest him.
A felony search warrant is issued for people suspected of felony crimes, such as murder, felony assault, or armed robbery.
The warrant must be specific according to the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This protects people against a false arrest. The minimum information on a warrant must include:
- The suspect’s name
- Detailed description of the crime
- Judge’s signature
If the police do not know the suspect’s name, the warrant must have a clear description of the suspect. The description must minimize the potential of arresting someone else for the felony.
A felony warrant search is issued when police make a request to a judge to give them permission to arrest the suspect. Before the judge will issue the warrant the police need to prove:
- Probable cause that a felonious crime was committed
- Reasonable suspicion the suspect is the one who committed the felony
No. Other types of warrants do expire. However, a felony warrant remain active until the suspect is arrested or arrange to surrender.
This is the felony warrant issued in another state than where the suspect currently resides. If arrested on the warrant, the suspect will have to go through an extradition hearing. An extradition hearing determines whether the suspect will return to the state where the warrant was issued for a trial.
If you discover a felony warrant was issued for you, talk to a criminal attorney immediately. How you resolve the felony charge depends on the facts of the case, your attorney may negotiate for you to surrender.