A summons is in lieu of an arrest warrant which allows you to appear in court voluntarily.
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A Summons is a manner of exercising jurisdiction over a person, but you are allowed to appear without being brought in by the police. You simply present yourself at the courthouse on the date on the Summons. Failure to do so can result in issuance of a warrant for your arrest.
A warrant on the other hand is issued to have the police find you and drag you into court in custody.
If you believe there is a warrant, contact an attorney NOW.
Do not go to the courthouse alone.
Get a lawyer to handle this, whether Summons or Warrant.
An arrest warrant gives law enforcement the authority to arrest you wherever/ whenever they find you. A summons is a direction by the court to appear on a certain date, in lieu of being arrested prior tot hat date. Much preferrable to appear pursuant to summons, because if you are arrested on a warrant, you either wait to see the judge (72 hours in most felony cases), or you bail out. With a summons, you likely would remain out of custody on an OR Release.