What is a warrant? Where does it come from? And what can you do about it?
A warrant is a written document signed by a judge ordering the police to arrest you.
A warrant allows a police officer to take you into custody regardless of time and place. Make no mistake, police are not concerned with whether your car gets towed, if you might lose your job, or if your kids are in day care. If you are arrested on a warrant, you are going straight to jail.
You may have a warrant out for your arrest and not even be aware of it. How does this happen?
Unpaid traffic tickets or missed court dates can result in a warrant.
A probation violation can result in a warrant.
A family disturbance can result in a warrant. This happens when the police arrive at a home because someone called 911. They do a quick investigation and take a statement from the person in the house. The police then get an arrest warrant. The person who is named in the arrest warrant may not be here when the police arrive and, therefore, not be aware of the warrant until he hears about it from family or friends who tell him the police came by looking for him.
There other ways a warrant can be issued without you knowing it. But the important thing is what you must do to avoid being arrested.
First you should contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A Kingwood criminal defense attorney can tell you whether you actually have a warrant and advise on how to avoid being arrested.
Non Arrest Bond
Avoiding the arrest is done by posting a “non-arrest bond.” A criminal lawyer and a bond company can assist you with this. After getting legal advice from a lawyer, go to a bond company and get the bonding papers prepared so you can turn yourself in. The bond papers are prepared ahead of time by the bonding company so you can take them with you.
Once you have the papers prepared, you turn yourself in to the jail with bond papers in hand. You are in-processed and then released with notice to appear in court at a later date. This substantially decreases the amount of time you will spend in jail.
If you do the non-arrest bond, you can usually be released from jail anywhere from about 2-4 hours in most cases.
If you are arrested by the police on a warrant, you will likely spend upwards of 36-48 hours in jail while family and friends scramble around trying to find out where you are and how to get you out.
With a non-arrest bond, the time is reduced because all the bonding arrangements are made ahead of time and not while you are sitting in jail.
The benefits to you are obvious.
The warrant is taken care of sooner relieving unneeded stress; it significantly reduces your time in jail; it prevents the police from arresting you at home or work, causing significant embarrassment; it allows you to report to the jail division, within reason, at a time more convenient for you; it will keep you from missing work or being fired from your job. Your car will not be towed if you happen to be arrested in your car saving you a bundle of money in towing and impound fees.
You are always better off making the bonding arrangements using the non-arrest bond method. You don’t want to sit in jail for 2 or 3 days wondering if someone on the outside is making the necessary arrangements to get you out.
Remember, if you find out there is warrant for your arrest do the following:
2-Make the bonding arrangements with a bond company
3-Follow the attorney’s and the bonding company’s advice
4-Turn yourself in before the police find you first
Give yourself the best chance to win your case, contact The Law Office of Andrew J. Williams for aconsultation about your case. The Law Office of Andrew J. Williams represents clients in Harris County, Montgomery County, Liberty County, and San Jacinto County.
About the Author: Andrew Williams I am a criminal defense lawyer with over 20 years experience defending people accused of wrongdoing. I am board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Only ten percent of attorneys in Texas are board certified in their respective field. I practice criminal law exclusively in both state and federal court including appeals of criminal cases.