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How to Find Out if You Have an Arrest Warrant

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Not knowing whether or not there is an arrest warrant looming over your head is no doubt both scary and stressful. While ignoring an arrest warrant won’t make it go away, there are some things you can do to ease your fears and get yourself or your loved one out of jail sooner, rather than later. Here’s what you need to know:

What is an Arrest Warrant?

An arrest warrant is a written order issued and signed by a U.S. judge or grand jury. The warrant permits law enforcement to proceed with an arrest based on probable cause that a person was involved in illegal activity. An arrest warrant is not the same as a bench warrant. A bench warrant is issued when a person fails to appear at a scheduled or required court hearing.

Do Arrest Warrants Expire?

The short answer (and the only answer) is, “no.” Ignoring an arrest warrant will not make it magically disappear despite popular belief. Both law enforcement and prosecutors must execute arrest warrants swiftly as well as prove they made a reasonable attempt to locate a person accused of a crime. An arrest warrant will remain in effect indefinitely no matter how long ago it was issued.

How Can I Find Out If There Is an Arrest Warrant Against Me?

It’s imperative to take care of an arrest warrant matter as soon as possible. If you think you may have an arrest warrant out for you or a loved one, but are not entirely sure, it’s a good idea to contact a bail agent immediately for assistance. If it is confirmed you have a warrant out for your arrest, your bail agent can assist you and get you out of jail faster.

After someone is under arrest, that person may face one of several courses of action. First, authorities may send a person to a local jail. That person may also be permitted to leave the area with the commitment to return for further legal procedures. A warrant will usually be issued against them if they do not return. This warrant can apply in many different circumstances, as well as an arrest. Finally, the prosecution may call a person to testify in court, even if they are not facing personal criminal charges.

Should somebody have an issue such as a broken tail light or failure to signal a turn while driving, the police officer will have access to records insinuating that the court system has asked them to come to court has not done so. Therefore, a warrant is a severe legal document with many possible consequences.

If you or a loved one needs assistance with an arrest warrant or any other arrest matter, we can help. Contact A-1 Bail Bonds today at (808) 664-5010 for more information about the bail bonds process and get you out of jail quickly.

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