Courts can issue warrants for a variety of reasons, including to search your home or office, seize property, or to place someone under arrest. It is essential that you contact an experienced arrest warrant attorney who can help you address the warrant as well as any underlying cases against you.
Consequences of an Arrest WarrantIf an arrest warrant is issued against you, law enforcement officers can place you under arrest the next time they encounter you. In some situations, officers may come to your home or place of work to serve an arrest warrant. In other cases, they may not act on a warrant until they identify you at a traffic stop or on the street. Answering the door or being pulled over by a police officer only to suddenly find yourself in handcuffs can be a jarring and frightening experience, especially if you had no idea that you had an arrest warrant, which is common. If you do suspect that you have a warrant out, it is never wise to ignore the situation. You cannot avoid police officers forever and a warrant will not simply go away.
Reasons For an Arrest WarrantWarrants calling for your immediate arrest can be issued for many reasons and in different forms. For example, you may have a warrant issued for one or more of the following reasons: a law enforcement agency or the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office believes it has probable cause to believe you have committed a criminal offense, yet you are not currently in custody; you failed to appear at a scheduled court date (including traffic court) or failed to pay a fine ordered by a court; you failed to pay a significant amount of child support; another county is seeking you for an outstanding charge; another state is seeking you for an outstanding charge; you have been accused of violating one or more terms of your probation. No matter why you have a warrant, it is important to be proactive about the situation and speak to an attorney as soon as possible.
How a Warrant Lawyer Can HelpA criminal defense attorney with experience handling warrant cases can assist you in many different ways, including the following: determining whether you have any existing arrest warrants and the reasons behind them; finding out how much bond you would have to post if you are arrested; seeing if it is possible to have the warrant revoked and receive a new court date; deciding whether you should surrender to law enforcement and file a Motion to Surrender; representing you and protect your rights during any communications with law enforcement officers; defending you throughout any subsequent criminal cases.