What to do if there is a warrant out for your arrest

April 7, 2019

“Me? A warrant? For my arrest? No way... I haven’t done anything that serious!”

Newsflash: you do not have to be suspected of capital murder to be the lucky owner of a brand new arrest warrant.

Why is there a warrant for my arrest?

Warrants can be issued for a variety of reasons. Maybe you were involved in or witnessed a murder or rape. Maybe you are a suspect in a theft or abduction case. It’s possible, however, that the reason for the warrant is less serious than these options. Did you pay your speeding ticket on time? Did you send in payment when you received a mail notice that you blew through a red light? What about those parking tickets that keep piling up?

What are the different types of warrants?

There are two main types of warrants: arrest warrants and bench warrants.

Arrest warrants are the more serious of the two, typically created when there is sufficient evidence that you have committed a crime. These are the Hollywood-style warrants you see on TV when a SWAT team surrounds a house and busts in to an unsuspecting family opening Christmas presents. Police officers are allowed to arrest you wherever and whenever they find you as long as they have an arrest warrant. You can simply be walking down the street or sitting down to a meal with your family.

A bench warrant comes into play when you fail to show up to court for anything from a traffic violation to failure to pay child support. This type of warrant is a little lower on the totem pole in terms of severity and punishment. Your front door may not be bashed in and you may actually live peacefully for years before it rears its ugly head. Many people with bench warrants aren’t arrested until they are pulled over for a traffic violation many moons later.

If there is a warrant out for your arrest, then you need a plan.

If you know there is a warrant out for your arrest, the best possible solution is to proactively fix it. Contrary to popular belief, you cannot simply “move away” from your warrant or allow it to expire. You do not want to live your life in fear of being found at any moment, and the court system will appreciate your honesty.

First, call us at 210-222-2297. We will help you create an action plan to cut down on any needless jail time. We will help you turn yourself in and represent you in the upcoming hearings that may occur in in relation to your arrest warrant. With our help, you may be able to tie up loose ends from your bench warrant with only a simple fee.

For a free, confidential consultation contact the Law Offices of Daniel & Hudson at 210-222-2297. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.