What To Do If there Is a Warrant Out For Your Arrest
If there is a warrant out for your arrest, you may be struggling to determine what to do. Having a warrant out for your arrest means that you have committed a crime and that the police can arrest or detain you.
For example, if police see your car driving down the street they may pull you over to arrest you if there is a warrant out for your arrest. A warrant allows police to detain or arrest an individual at a time after the initial crime was committed.
In most jurisdictions, warrants are issued for crimes that do not take place in front of a police officer, such as failure to pay child support, failure to pay parking citations, or failure to appear in court. Arrest warrants are typically issued for misdemeanors.
If there is a warrant out for your arrest, you have a few options (some of which are more advisable than others):
- Avoid the warrant. Technically, you can ignore the warrant and go about your everyday life. However, police may be actively looking for you and can come to your home or place of work to find you and take you into custody. You could also be arrested if you are pulled over for a traffic violation, or try to renew your driver’s license. Ultimately, avoidance is not the best thing to do if there is a warrant out for your arrest.
- Go to a courthouse and take care of the warrant. If you go to the courthouse and set up a plan of repayment or completely repay your fines owed, you will not be arrested. This is the financially responsible option, in which you make right for the fines you have been charged. If you have to go into court for another matter, it is likely that you will be arrested. If there is a warrant out for your arrest and for some reason you need to go to the courthouse, it is important that you address your warrant while you are there.
In most situations, once a warrant is issued for your arrest you will be given more fines and fees to pay as a result. The longer you wait, the more severe the consequences for not dealing with your warrant. Ultimately, the smartest choice if there is a warrant out for your arrest is to deal with it. If you have a warrant out for your arrest for a misdemeanor crime, chances are you can handle it just by going to the courthouse and setting up payments. If there is a felony warrant out for your arrest, it is likely best for you to retain the services of a defense attorney who can help you protect your rights and avoid jail time.
Lucia’s Felony Arrest Warrant
There is a felony warrant out for Lucia’s arrest for something that she wasn’t involved in. Her husband is in jail already for the crime, and says he will accept responsibility. What should Lucia do?
If there is a felony warrant out for your arrest it means that there is a bail amount. If you are arrested you will sit in custody until you post the bail amount. A criminal defense lawyer can find out what the bail is and then approach the prosecutor and see if they can make an arrangement to have you released upon your own recognizance. If not, a lawyer can refer you to a bail bondsman who will charge you reduced fees because that is called attorney referred bond. The only time in a case you are presumed guilty is when bail is set.
This answer pertains to individuals in the state of California.
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