An outstanding warrant for your arrest can be issued for a number of reasons. Criminal bench warrants are routinely issued for failure to appear in court to face criminal charges or a similar proceeding such as a traffic ticket due to a moving violation. A warrant for your arrest may also be signed by a judge if you are a suspect in a crime that is currently being investigated. This means police will be aware because your name will go directly into a statewide computer system that serves the entire law enforcement community.
Breaking the Law is a Serious Matter Regardless of the Crime
In most cases, unless it’s a very serious offense, the police aren’t constantly looking around town in an effort to throw you in jail. For a failure to appear in court charge on a relatively minor issue, they may not even stop by your home or place of employment. However, that doesn’t mean you aren’t in trouble. Those minor issues you may have forgotten about could land you in jail. It’s time to dig up and become aware of your current criminal history and face any possible charges before you’re arrested out of the blue without warning.
Types of Arrests
An arrest that stems from a warrant
Normally, police need an arrest warrant to make an arrest. The warrant orders police to arrest a certain person and bring him before a judge in court. The warrant names someone indicted of some crime based on certain document types used to accuse people of crimes. For example: indictments, complaints or petitions related to probation or parole violations. Information from these documents supplies probable cause for the arrest.
Here is a great post we found from earlier this year. Even though it’s not spring, everything still applies and we thought we would share -
It’s spring, and that means spring break, graduation season and perhaps a
bit of reckless behavior parents hadn’t expected. If you get a 2 a.m.
phone call – the good news that your kid is not in the hospital, the
bad news that he needs bail money – what’s a sleepy, startled parent to
If the crime is serious, you may have to wait for a judge to set bail at
a hearing. For less serious infractions, there are standard amounts of
bail, depending on the charge. Sometimes, a suspect will be released on
his or her own recognizance. That will cost you nothing other than the
rest of the night lost to picking up your child and worrying about
Other times, the bail could be relatively low, say, $10,000 or $25,000.
That’s still a lot of money. But if you want to and you are able, you
can pay the full amount and it will be refunded when your child appears
in court as scheduled.