How do I clear an arrest warrant?
There are many reasons why you might have a warrant out for your arrest. Sometimes, you do not find out about it until you have been pulled over for a routine traffic stop! It is extremely stressful because stakes are high – the ultimate factor of stake being your freedom.
One of the most common forms of a warrant is a bench warrant. It is issued by a judge when there is a ticket or case against you and you fail to appear at a court hearing.
Types of bench warrants
- Failing to pay court-ordered fines and costs.
- Failing to comply with a judge’s sentencing order.
- Failing to obey the terms of your probation.
- Failing to schedule an arraignment day.
- Failing to appear for a show cause hearing.
On the other hand, you may also have an arrest warrant. An arrest warrant results when law enforcement becomes aware of criminal activity. This can be because they observe criminal activity, or are tipped off by someone else.
A criminal investigation takes place, and if there is probable cause to believe you committed a crime, a warrant may be issued by a judge in your jurisdiction.
How to clear your warrant
Just because you have a warrant for your arrest does not mean you are going to be thrown in jail. The most important thing is to act immediately!
The procedure on how to clear an arrest warrant varies from one court to another. It is important to have an attorney who is familiar with the process so that you are able to go adequately prepared. Many courts demand a bond payment in order for you to have a new court date; others order you to report to the police department.
Turning yourself in can be daunting, but having an attorney by your side shows the court that you are taking the matter seriously, regardless of how long it has been. In cases of arrest warrants for new charges, having an attorney means the attorney can negotiate the circumstances in which you get arrested, rather than being picked up from your home or place of employment. Having an attorney will also help you understand exactly where you stand and to help mitigate any damage against you. Once your attorney is on your side, your rights will be protected.
If you have a warrant out for your arrest, speak to an experienced Michigan criminal defense attorney immediately.