What to do When There is a Warrant for Your Arrest

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Some people know when they have broken the law as well as the consequences that goes along with committing that crime. However, there are others who may not know that they have broken the law, that is, until they are being issued or told that there is a warrant for their arrest. Though being informed that you have or may have a warrant for your arrest can be overwhelming, there are actions that you can take to help you in your situation.

If you or a loved one have been informed that you have a warrant for your arrest, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Birmingham criminal law attorney so that we can strategize about the best possible outcomes for your situation.

What to Do?

In Dothan, a warrant for your arrest can be issued in two different cases. You can have an arrest warrant issued, typically, because you have committed some crime or there is probable cause to believe that you have committed a crime or you can have a bench warrant for your arrest, which is the most common form of a warrant for your arrest. A bench warrant, typically, means that an officer will not come to your house in search of you, however, if you are stopped for a traffic violation or attempt to renew your driver’s license, you will be arrested usually due to a failure to appear.

When you have been informed that you have a warrant for your arrest, there are three actions that you can take to right this wrong. You can search a third-party website if you know the date of the offense or other information such as the description of the offense or charges. However, if this information is not available to you, you should call the courthouse which the warrant was issued to see what the warrant is for. You will essentially be told that you have outstanding fines, and sometimes, the warrant can be taken care of by paying the debt owed or setting up an appointment to speak with someone, such as the Judge, the make payment arrangements.

However, depending on why you have been issued a warrant for your arrest, you may still need to turn yourself into the police department. Lastly, and the most important way you can handle a warrant for your arrest is by contacting a criminal law attorney. A criminal law attorney can, generally, seek the information that you cannot in the case of a warrant, as well as inform you of your rights and help you address any issues.

Need Legal Advice?

Though you may be frustrated and overwhelmed to learnt that you have a warrant for your arrest, you do not have to be. Contacting an experienced criminal law attorney is invaluable to you and your situation and here at Parkman White, LLP, we are here to help. Because all situations are different, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Dothan criminal defense attorney at Parkman White, LLP, to help you with your case. Contact our office today.

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