What You Need to Know If You Get a Warrant for Arrest
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How Do Arrest Warrants Work?
If you don’t know how arrest warrants work, we’ll explain.
An arrest warrant is a legal document issued by the court to authorize law enforcement to place you under arrest and to search your body and the plain view area in which you are arrested.
A warrant for your arrest does not allow law enforcement to search your home, car, or other location that is not in plain view. In other words, they need a valid “search warrant” to enter your home. In addition, an arrest warrant is not an “administrative warrant” (which includes warrants of deportation or removal).
What to Do Next
If you’re served a warrant for arrest, the first thing you should do is take a close look at it to ensure it’s valid.
An arrest warrant must:
In most cases, the only way to clear up a warrant for arrest is to turn yourself in to the police. However, an attorney may be able to arrange for you to appear in court without having to be taken into custody.
If you have already been taken into custody, do not try to talk yourself out of jail, make any statements about your case, or participate in anything in regards to your case without having legal representation.
You are entitled to the assistance of a defense attorney and you should never pass on using that right. An experienced lawyer can help reduce your sentence or even possibly get your charges dropped.
If you have been arrested or have a warrant out for your arrest, contact The Law Office of Bradley Corbett!
- Contain a specific description of you (the person to be arrested)
- Contain probable cause (the reasons why the officer believes you should be arrested)
- Be based on police statement that is made without reckless disregard for the truth
- Be issued by a neutral judge or grand jury
Bradley Corbett is a criminal defense attorney in San Diego. He graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo Utah in 2004. Later he enrolled at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego where he participated in a prestigious internship program with the Los Angeles County Public Defender. Since then he has handled over 2,000 cases.