If a warrant has been issued in your name you may have a lot of questions. Wallin & Klarich has been helping people just like you for over 35 years to ensure that their legal rights are defended and preserved.
Why was a warrant issued?
A warrant was likely issued because a law enforcement officer or district attorney was able to collect sufficient evidence (probable cause) that you were the most likely suspect in a crime, and presented that evidence to a judge who then agreed there was in fact enough evidence to bring you in.
Once an arrest warrant has been issued a law enforcement officer has the right to bring you into custody wherever you are–even at your home or workplace.
What are the types of warrants that can be issued?
If a warrant is issued, law enforcement is obligated to execute the warrant. However, depending on the severity of the crime you are accused of committing, law enforcement may or may not choose to actively pursue you.
A bench warrant is typically issued for minor crimes such as misdemeanors, traffic violations, or missing court dates. If a bench warrant is issued a police officer may or may not choose to come in pursuit of you, but they will arrest you if you are pulled over or happen to come across you such as being a passenger in a vehicle that is pulled over.
For arrest warrants involving a more serious crime, a law enforcement officer will execute the warrant and attempt to conduct an arrest as soon as possible. At the time of the arrest they are required to show you the warrant. If the warrant is unavailable at the time of the arrest, the officer must provide the written warrant as quickly as possible.
Should I turn myself in?
As mentioned earlier, if a warrant has been issued for your arrest, law enforcement officers have the right to bring you into custody wherever you are. In general, an officer will not enter your private home uninvited and may knock and identify themselves at the door. However, if after doing so you still fail to answer–the officer is free to use force to enter the premises.
If you have reason to believe that there is warrant out for your arrest, you should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately about your options. In many cases if you retain our law firm to represent you we can appear in court on your behalf and ask the judge to recall the warrant and release you without having to post bail.
In other cases, if in fact the person they are seeking is in fact not you, we can ask the court to dismiss the warrant.
When you have a warrant out for your arrest it is always a stressful time when you have to appear in court before a judge who has the power to take you into custody. In a majority of our cases where our clients have a misdemeanor warrant for their arrest, we can appear in court for them so that our clients do not need to appear before the judge.
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