Getting arrested is something everyone wants to avoid, but what happens if something you do gets you in enough trouble to get you arrested? Even worse, what happens if you don’t realize that there was a warrant for your arrest? If one has been issued, you could be arrested anywhere, whether you’re at home, at work, or even at a routine traffic stop. It’s vital for you to deal with this issue before too long in order to avoid increased punishment.
Is There A Warrant For Your Arrest?
- The first step in this process is to determine whether or not there is in fact a warrant out for your arrest. Many county websites keep up to date information and offer online warrant searches. In case they don’t offer that service, contact your local sheriff or police department for that information.
- You can also call any court clerk in the state you believe the warrant may be in. States maintain a warrant database that can be accessed from any state court. Rather than identifying yourself when making the phone call, just ask, “Is three an outstanding warrant for – your name here – in a civil or criminal case?” If you can, have your case number, birth date, and social security number ready.
What Are The Details Of The Warrant?
- If there is in fact a warrant out for your arrest, it’s time to learn the details of it. First thing you need to do is to find out when the warrant was issued. Depending on how long it’s been since it was issued, fines may have been accumulating, or it may no longer be valid. If fines have been accumulating, you’ll want to settle the matter immediately to prevent further penalties. If the warrant was issued for an incident that happened over two years ago, you’ll want to look up the charge to see if there’s a time limit on the warrant’s validity.
- The next thing you’ll want to do is learn exactly what you’re being charged with in order to best prepare your response. Key information includes the details of the charge, the date of the offense, and the case type. Depending on the charge, you could avoid being arrested by paying a fine, and the type of case can help you determine what kind of legal representation you want to hire.
- The last thing you’ll want to do before moving on to the next step is to note the bail amount. If you’re worried about jail time, having a set dollar amount could help you raise the money necessary to avoid jail time while you wait for your trial.
Before you do or say anything that could get you in more trouble, you’ll want to contact a criminal defense attorney. The Koffel Law Firm is one of Ohio’s leading privately retained criminal law firms, and our criminal defense lawyers are prepared to fight for you in court. Contact us today through our website, or give us a call at (614) 675-4845.