A detective came to my house with four sheriffs and wanted to question me about a felony theft. He said if I don't give him my side of the story he was going to just close the case and there would be a warrant for my arrest. He also said a lawyer can't do anything to help me at this point and I should come down to the station as soon as possible. (If you're wondering, no I didn't give the detective any information. I only said I'll have a lawyer reach out to you) I want to keep working so that I can afford a lawyer. I don't want to be inconvenienced with an arrest and lose my job. My question is: how does an arrest warrant work? Can the police come to my home or job and arrest me? I need to keep working for at least a month to retain a great lawyer.
Yes contact an attorney to speak to the detective. If an arrest is inevitable then the smart attorney will make arrangements for you to surrender. You don't want the police at the work place. 100% of those arrested at the work place lose their jobs upon arrest. Once arrested, it shows up on your background check for job applications so it is very difficult to get the next job. Moreover, it doesn't help you or your attorney if you are in jail during the court process. Lawyer up and allow the attorney make the arrangements, if they are necessary, or to determine if the cop is just messing with you. Shouldn't cost much to make that phone call.
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Arrest warrants are issued if a prosecutor is able to show a judge that there is probable cause for a reasonable person to believe that you committed a crime. Law enforcement is not forbidden from entering your home or residence in order to execute the warrant.
The best time to contact an attorney is now.
Best of luck.
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