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How to Get Rid of an Arrest Warrant?

You may be able to get rid of an arrest warrant if you owe money to the court by arranging payment or coming to court to pay the fine. Call the court clerk to determine why you have an arrest warrant. Once you know reasons for your arrest warrant, contact the court to begin addressing the issue. It is highly recommended to hire a criminal defense attorney who can help you understand your rights and figure out a way to get rid of the arrest warrant without you having to go to jail.

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What Is an Arrest Warrant?

An arrest warrant is an official document that is signed by a judge or magistrate that allows a police officer to make an arrest of a person that they reasonably believe has committed a crime. An arrest warrant has all the details of the crime. The arrest warrant may also restrict the manner in which an arrest can be made after it is issued. Arrest Warrants can be issued for the following reasons:

  • Outstanding Tickets (such as traffic violations)
  • Misdemeanors (such as theft and shoplifting)
  • Felonies
  • Missed Court Dates

How Do Police Obtain an Arrest Warrant?

For the police to obtain an arrest warrant, the police have to go through the following steps:

  1. Establish Probable Cause: The police have to have reasonable belief that a crime has been committed and must detail this on their affidavit to the judge.
  2. Submits a written Affidavit: The police need to submit a written affidavit to the judge under oath that contains and supports all the evidence establishing probable cause. The description in the affidavit must be very specific for the affidavit to be valid and for the judge to approve it.
  3. Make the Arrest: After the judge issues the arrest warrant, the police must ensure they follow the instructions on the arrest warrant and not make any unconstitutional attempts to make the arrest as the arrest could become invalid.

When Can the Police Issue an Arrest Warrant?

Arrest warrants can be issued at anytime. When an arrest warrant is issued, the suspect that is named on the warrant can be arrested at anytime, at any place that an officer sees them. It doesn’t matter what they are doing at the time or what time of day it is. Law enforcement officials do not have to serve an arrest warrant right away.

Do I Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

Warrants are highly complicated. Law enforcement may have a reason to search your home or arrest you. However, just because a warrant has been issued against you does not mean that you are guilty of a crime. Talk to a criminal attorney if a warrant has been issued against you. A lawyer can explain the warrant to you and make sure that the execution of the warrant does not violate your rights.

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Last Modified: 05-18-2017 02:06 AM PDT

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