You hear talk of arrest warrants on all of your favorite cop shows, but maybe you don’t really understand what they are or how they work. Just like misconceptions surrounding bail bonds, there can be a lot of false information or half-truths when looking for the facts about warrants.
If you’re out on bail or possibly in a bit of trouble with law enforcement, knowing your stuff can make a big difference in understanding the process you’re facing. Here are some of the things you need to know about arrest warrants!
How are arrest warrants issued?
An arrest warrant is issued by a judge to a law enforcement official when there is enough evidence that a crime has been committed outside of the view of an officer. Typically an officer makes sure to have at least two pieces of evidence of the alleged crime to support probable cause for the person’s arrest.
Are arrest warrants public?
The simple answer to this question: yes, arrest warrants are public records. However, there may be exemptions in the case of sealed warrants or warrants linked to ongoing investigations, and often you need to directly contact your local law enforcement or courthouse to gain access to the information. Some departments make at least some of the information available online, but it does vary based on your local agency.
Do arrest warrants expire?
No, arrest warrants do not expire. Unless a judge decides to throw a warrant out for some reason, you will be a fugitive until you die if you try to outrun a warrant. While the statute of limitations may be in effect for the crime itself, making it less likely for certain crimes to be prosecuted after enough time has passed, you can and will still be arrested at any time for the crime you have committed.
Can arrest warrants be dropped?
It is possible to get an arrest warrant dropped, but it is not common or likely. In order to get a warrant dismissed or recalled, you will need to show up to your courthouse and make a formal request. It is advisable to do this with your legal representative present, as they will be best able to navigate the situation for what may be a more beneficial outcome for you.
How is an arrest warrant relevant to a bail bond?
An arrest warrant can be relevant to a bail bond in one of two ways:
- There is a warrant out for your arrest and you’re being proactive, seeking to line up bail before turning yourself in.
- You have skipped out on your bail and a bench warrant has been issued because of your failure to appear.
Knowing your options and the repercussions of your actions can help you make more educated decisions that can be more beneficial for you. If you have any questions about the bail process, your local agent from Teton Bail Bonds is happy to help! Give them a call today and be prepared for any outcome.