WHEN A WARRANT IS ISSUED FOR ARREST & THAT PERSON DOESN'T KNOW THERE IS A WARRANT & THEN THE COPS SHOW UP SPONTANEOUSLY, IS IT..

Asked over 1 year ago - Tampa, FL

When there is a warrant for someone's arrest and they don't know there is a warrant out for them & then the police show up to make the arrest, is it required for the police officers to show the warrant or required to read the warrant to the suspect before detaining. For proof purposes??

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  1. Jonathan Hackworth

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    Answered . I agree with my colleague and strongly encourage you to retain a criminal defense attorney immediately. My firm is located in Tampa and offers free case consultations. Our office line is 813 830 2261. Good luck.

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  2. William A. Jones Jr.

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    Answered . I would think not, although I would expect arresting officers to advice the accused that they have a warrant or otherwise have knowledge of its existence. Proof of its existence, if needed will be supplied when a court requires it. The accused should be seeking the help of a qualified criminal defense attorney.

  3. Betty Elaine Jones

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    Answered . You really need to consult with a local criminal attorney and see what defenses you might have. Most attorneys offer a free consultation initially. My office offers free consultations and if you would like to speak further regarding your case call 813-681-8383.

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    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

  4. Young T Tindall

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    Answered . They do have to have some paperwork to indicate there is a warrant but it may be as little as a teletype or information on a computer. There is nothing that requires them to show you something at the time they are taking you into custody, and we know they are not usually people friendly, but they better have something to back up what they are doing.

  5. Charles K. Kenyon Jr.

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    Answered . It is unusual for police to have an arrest warrant with them. Usually they are simply notified that there is an outstanding warrant.


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