In the United States, a judge can issue a warrant of arrest for a number of reasons. If you have some criminal record or you probably failed to attend court, there is a high possibility of a warrant of arrest being issued against you. However, it is always in your best interest to act before you are arrested. What are some of the things that one can do to address an active warrant? Here are some tips:
- Determine if a warrant has been issued against you
- Respond to the outstanding warrant
- Resolve the outstanding warrant
How to determine if you have an outstanding warrant
You need to determine if you have an arrest warrant or a bench warrant. You can check if you have these warrants issued against you online or even locally. By providing your name, age, and place where these warrants were issued, it is possible to know if any outstanding warrant has been issued against you.
How to respond to an outstanding warrant
The best way to respond to the outstanding warrant is to contact a criminal defense lawyer. This is a professional who knows how to maneuver the court justice and the right procedures to go about the issue. The attorney can do things such as scheduling a hearing, help you to turn yourself instead of being arrested and even help determine the amount of bond outstanding or any increase in bond amounts.
Resolving the outstanding warrant
To resolve the outstanding warrant, prepare to be arrested. Your attorney can help you with this issue. You will be fingerprinted, photographed and so on. Do not answer any questions unless you are with your attorney. You will then need to contact a bail bondsman after you have been arrested. Your attorney will advise you on where to be arrested or where to turn yourself in.