Frequently Asked Questions About Arrest Warrants

What is a warrant?

  • A warrant is a document issued by a legal or government official authorizing the police or some other official agency to make an arrest, search your home, car, business, or any other specified place, or carry out some other action relating to the administration of justice. A warrant allows the police or bail bonds company to legally take you to jail.

Do I have an arrest warrant?

  • You might not even know you have an arrest warrant until you are in handcuffs. You can easily check to see if you have a warrant by checking with your local county courthouse or jail.

What if I want to turn myself in?

  • There are three people you’ll want to have contacted or have with you when you do turn yourself in: a lawyer, a bail bondsman, and a family member or friend. You’ll want to talk to your lawyer before you turn yourself in about the charges against you, the amount of your bail, and your potential sentence. You’ll also want to have contacted a bail bondsman before turning yourself in as well. Doing so will allow you to finish all of the required paperwork so that you can minimize the amount of time that you have to spend in jail. Finally, going to jail can be a very difficult and stressful time in your life. A family member or friend can support you during this difficult time, and help you coordinate other things in your life such as contacting people who may need to be notified and taking care of things that need to be done while you are in jail.

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