Arrest Warrants: 3 Ways To Find Out If You Have One
Avoid trouble and unnecessary expense by discovering police interest in you
Have you ever checked yourself out and done an arrest warrants search? Most people will hardly ever give it a thought and you are probably one of those people. If that is the case then have you ever considered what the consequences might be of having one that you didn't know about?
It might not happen for years or you might get a visit from the police tomorrow. They will be there to arrest you and lock you up until you come face to face with a judge who will see that you were tracked down and arrested.
It's then that you will wish more than ever that you had taken steps to avoid the situation by checking for warrants and dealing with them before they get out of hand. Here are 3 methods that you can use to avoid unnecessary stress and expense.
You can have an arrest warrant and not know it
The problem with warrants is that sometimes it's not obvious that you have one. If you've robbed a bank or escaped from prison then you should know that the police will be looking for you right away but what if you've run a traffic light without noticing or forgotten to pay a fine or turn up in court when you should have done. Someone could even have stolen your identity and committed a crime while pretending to be you. Any of these things can give you a warrant and ultimately lead to your arrest.
Minimizing the effects
If you have an active warrant then sooner or later you will most likely need to appear in front of a judge. You can't do much about that fact but if you discover that you have one outstanding before the cops find you then you can control what happens before you go to court.
Consult a lawyer as soon as you learn that there is a note issued to bring you in. He or she will be able to advise you what to do, where to go and exactly how to give yourself up. Following this advise should put the court in a more friendly frame of mind when you get there.
3 simple ways to find your records
All 3 of these methods are very simple but you should avoid the first one as it isn't recommended. My choice is method number 3 because it's easy, quick and just about as reliable as you are going to get.
Method 1: Ask an officer of the law
You need to know that this is perhaps the most sure way of doing an active warrant search, at least for the state if not nationwide. The problem with this and the reason that I don't recommend that you do it, is because it could immediately get you into trouble. As soon as the officer discovers that you are wanted he or she might decide to take you in on the spot and you will lose the advantage that you might get from handing yourself in voluntarily.
Method 2: Use the courthouse
This is a practical method of finding warrant records if you know which area they might have been issued in. Just go and enquire about them. You are unlikely to get arrested using this method but you are less likely to learn about any warrants issued elsewhere.
Method 3: Go online for a public warrant check
This method is confidential and discrete so there is no risk to your liberty. You also have a good chance of finding any warrants that are issued outside of the state. You can search for arrest warrants online using a web site that maintains a database full of public records information. These databases are huge as they pull data from thousands of different sources and organize it to make it easy for you to search.
When you use a public records web site you'll find that you can search for arrest records, criminal records and warrants for anyone, not just yourself. You will also see that you can find an incredible amount of information about practically anyone by doing a full background check on them. Check out the samples here: Sample background check reports. These reports are from the Court Records web site and will give you an idea of the sort of data available.
Don't forget to contact a lawyer as soon as you discover that the police are looking for you.