When does an arrest warrant happen? There are several common scenarios. Many times a warrant for your arrest will issue when you have unpaid traffic or parking tickets. An arrest warrant will also result when you do not show up for court.
Other times, someone will go to the police and file a criminal complaint against you. Depending on the nature of the offense, the judge may issue a warrant, or the State will be investigating you for a crime and decide it is time to formally press charges.
The thing about arrest warrants is that the defendant frequently does not know that the warrant is even out there. The police do not always call you to tell you or send you notification in the mail.
Often, a defendant may be driving to work or school, or be pulled over for some minor traffic violation and the police will run the license and see that there is an active warrant. At that point, the individual will be arrested and locked up pending bail.
Occasionally, bail will not be set until the person is taken into custody. This can result in the defendant sitting in jail for multiple days pending bail.
The important question is if you have a warrant, how do you get rid of it? Well, if you have already been arrested, the answer is simple, you either need a bail reduction hearing (call for information), a bondsman, or someone with some cash to get you out.
If you become aware that there is a warrant out there for your arrest, there are several options, but these are the most popular: 1) Call a lawyer and see if there is a chance that the attorney will be able to get the warrant lifted without you having to turn yourself into the police. You will see the benefit of this when you read no. two. 2) Turn yourself into the police. Hopefully bail has been set before turn yourself in and and you have the money to post it, or you have a bondsman lined up. If you do, you may be able to avoid spending the night in jail (or nights) but it is no guarantee. If you turn yourself in and you do not have bail or bail has not been set, be prepared to “marinate” for a while, because it is likely you will be sitting in jail for some time.
If you would like more information about arrest warrants please do not hesitate to contact me for a free consultation.