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Criminal arrest warrants NEVER expire. If one is hanging out there, you need to arrange to surrender yourself, (preferably, through counsel) or you can be arrested at any time.

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I agree with Atty Candiano, you should with the assistance of counsel surrender if youy believe there is a valid outstanding warrant for your arrest. Pursuant to Indiana law (below) a misdemeanor warrant expires in 180 days but it can be renewed, which officers frequently request the Prosecutor to do. Don't take a chance, have an attorney check for you if you are fearful of doing so.

IC 35-33-2-4
Expiration; reissuance
Sec. 4. A warrant of arrest for a misdemeanor expires one hundred eighty (180) days after it is issued. A warrant of arrest for a felony and a rearrest warrant for any offense do not expire. A sheriff who has an expired warrant shall make a return on the warrant stating that it has expired and shall return it to the clerk of the court that issued it. The clerk shall enter the fact that the warrant has expired in his records and shall notify the prosecuting attorney of the county that the warrant has expired. Upon request of the prosecuting attorney, the court shall issue another warrant.
As added by Acts 1981, P.L.298, SEC.2.