Written by attorney James Donald Garrett

An Arrest Warrant Was Issued In Virginia Beach But I Live Out Of State

We get frequent calls from individuals who have recent warrants, and even warrants that are several years or a decade old, in Virginia Beach. Most of these warrants are based on traffic tickets, like reckless driving, or simple misdemeanors, such as shoplifting or disorderly conduct, where the person did not show up for their scheduled court date. In Virginia, Class 1 and Class 2 misdemeanors carry possible jail sentences. Therefore, there is a requirement to be in court on the court date or there will be a warrant issued for your arrest.

These warrants are not like fine wine; they don’t get better with age. They will not go away on their own; and the charges will not be dropped after a period of time. In most every case, you must make arrangements to return to Virginia Beach to resolve the underlying criminal matter.

Failure to address the Virginia Beach warrant will result in headaches for you down the road. Many people complain of being arrested on the Virginia Beach warrant after being stopped in another state for a simple traffic ticket. Others seeking employment or a promotion find their careers put on hold because of the old charge. For those facing outstanding felony charges, an arrest may result in being held in another state for thirty to ninety days without bond while Virginia decides if they want to extradite them.

If you live out of state and you or someone in your family has a recent or years-old charge in Virginia Beach, contact us today.(757) 422-4646. In some cases, we might be able to resolve the charges without you returning to Virginia. For other cases, we can usually get the matter back on the court docket for hearing and save you an additional trip to Virginia Beach.

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