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Warrants 101: How to Check for Warrants

Are you concerned about an impending possible arrest? Are you concerned the police may have issued a warrant for your arrest? 
There is no reason to live in hiding or peeking around corners worried you are about to be handcuffed. Get the information you need to know, find out if there is an active warrant for your arrest. 
You might be thinking, how do I check for warrants? Certainly, you don’t want to walk into the local police station and ask, if it means risking immediate arrest. 
Read on to learn how to check for warrants and see if the police are looking to arrest you.

What is an Arrest Warrant?

The police can’t just decide they want to arrest a person without cause. They must go to the courts and ask for a warrant to be issued. So, they must prove to the court that there is a reasonable reason for a person to be taken into custody and put under arrest. 
This court-ordered document means the court has given the appropriate law enforcement agency permission to put you under arrest.
If a warrant is outstanding, the warrant is active and by law, the person whose name is on it can be put under arrest. 

Local Warrants

There are two types of possible warrants. The first is a warrant from within your community or state. There are a few different ways you can check on a local or state warrant.
You can visit a local courthouse. You would need to see the court clerk and ask if there has been a warrant issued. You will need the official name the person’s warrant would be put under. Remember, if you are worried you have a warrant, visit the court to find out, you could be arrested on the spot. 
Then you would need the help of family or a local bail bonds office to get back out of jail while you await the court proceedings. 
You can also go online to the court’s website. Find the searchable public records and search for the official name. If a warrant has been issued, then then it would show up in the court records. 

Federal Warrants

Federal courts are divided up by circuits. You would need to contact the federal court clerk and ask if a warrant has been issued. They may, or may not, tell you if a warrant has been issued in another circuit from the one you are talking to. 
It might be necessary to contact individual circuits to find out if they have a warrant in the name you are searching for. 

What to Do if You Have an Outstanding Warrant

Warrants can be issued for any number of things. The first step after knowing about a warrant is to figure out why it was issued. 
You might be able to go before a judge and get the matter cleared up by presenting yourself. You might also pay an outstanding fee or fine owed to the court and the warrant will be rescinded. 
If the warrant is for a more serious offense, you should probably contact an attorney. Your attorney can work with officials on the best course of action to handle the arrest warrant.

Check For Warrants and Get Help

If you check for warrants and realize there is a warrant for your arrest, don’t despair. Contact the courts and your attorney for how to proceed.
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