Your Important Questions Concerning Warrants

Law enforcement often uses a warrant to engage in some type of action within a criminal investigation. This action can be for the purpose of putting you under arrest, forcing you to appear before a court or to conduct a search of your property. Below is a list of questions you may have concerning warrants.

When Is An Arrest Warrant Issued?

Before a warrant can be issued for your arrest, evidence must be provided to the court that shows a connection between you and a crime. This is referred to as showing probable cause, which means there is enough information that would lead to a reasonable conclusion that you are involved.

What Is A Bench Warrant?

If you were asked to make an appearance before a court, and you failed to show up, the judge has the option of issuing a bench warrant. This is different from an arrest warrant because its purpose is to have you appear in front of the judge and explain your absence. These types of warrants can be used in matters where you didn't show up for jury duty, ignored a subpoena or failed to appear for any type of court hearing.

How Do I Find Out If There Is A Warrant For My Arrest?

You can contact the court directly to find out if there is a warrant issued, and what its status is. Your attorney can also usually look up this information on extensive databases that contain warrant information.

Do Warrants Ever Expire?

There is no expiration date placed on a warrant. They can be withdrawn in some cases if a court agrees to let you post a bond instead of being arrested, or they can be resolved by your arrest. However, you and your lawyer may be able to challenge the warrant if there is an extensive delay between the issue date and the date of your arrest. It is important to remember that these challenges are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Learn More About What The Baker Law Firm Can Do

A warrant requires swift action from a trustworthy legal team. If you live in the Phoenix area, The Baker Law Firm, LLC, affords quality legal counsel that can help you understand what your rights are. To schedule a consultation, you can call 602-889-6901 today, or submit your information by email.

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