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How do I know if I have an active warrant?

On Behalf of | Aug 18, 2020 | Criminal Defense |

Authorities have the power to issue a warrant for a person’s arrest. In order for this to happen, a judge needs to issue an arrest warrant. This authorizes the police to be able to arrest you and to present you before the court.

If you are worried that you have a warrant made against you, it is probably because you have recently committed a crime or because you have been accused of committing a crime. It’s important that you, therefore, take action to find out whether you have a warrant and then make plans to do something about it.

When can a judge issue a warrant?

If a judge issues a warrant for your arrest, this does not necessarily mean that you will be found guilty of committing a crime. It simply means that a law enforcement officer has stated that, due to the information they have, there is probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed.

How can I find out if I have an active warrant?

You can check several online databases to find out if you have an active warrant. You should start by looking up the local records website for your county court or sheriff’s department. These tend to have accurate and regularly updated information.

Police stations also provide information about active warrants. For obvious reasons, you may not want to call up a police station to check yourself. However, you may want to ask a trusted friend to call on your behalf. The only information they will need is a full name and date of birth.

If you learn that you have an active warrant made against you, it’s a good idea to start making plans. You should understand your legal rights in the given situation, and you may also want to start planning your defense strategy for the best possible outcome. By being proactive in your approach, you may be able to have charges dropped.

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