What should I do if there is a warrant out for my arrest?

Arrest Warrant Paperwork and HandcuffsFinding out that the police have a warrant out for your arrest can be a scary experience. In many cases, you do not learn this until the police come to your door to arrest you. Whether you have advance notice of the warrant or find out when you are arrested, here are important steps you need to take to protect your legal rights and to fight the charges you face.

#1: Retain an Attorney

Your first step should be to retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately. They will be able to give you advice on what to do, be present at your arrest and during police questioning, and attend all court hearings with you. A skilled lawyer can also build a strong defense so that the charges are dismissed or reduced to a less serious offense with less harsh punishments.

#2: Contact a Bail Bondsperson

After consulting with your lawyer, you may want to contact a bail bondsperson who can help you arrange to post bail if that is an option. Making arrangements with a bail bondsperson before you are arrested can shorten the time that you must remain in jail.

#3: Turn Yourself In

Your next step would be to turn yourself in and cooperate with the police during the booking process. It is important to do so at the correct jurisdiction so that you do not have to spend unnecessary time in jail before your bail is set. Your lawyer or bail bondsperson may be able to recommend the best times of day to surrender to the police to increase the likelihood that you will be released quicker.

#4: Do Not Make Statements to the Police

You have a constitutional right to remain silent while in police custody. Do not make any verbal or written statements to law enforcement officers. Your lawyer should be present whenever they question you. You should also do the following:

  • Do not make any statements anyone to in your jail cell or other inmates. These statements may also be used against you.
  • Be careful of what you say when using a telephone at the police station or jail because your conversation may be recorded.

Our Charlotte Criminal Defense Lawyers Are Ready To Protect Your Rights Today

Is there a warrant out for your arrest in Mecklenburg County? Have you already been arrested? Contact our Charlotte office to schedule a free consultation to learn about our extensive criminal defense experience and how we can help you achieve the best outcome given your circumstances.

 

Howard W. Long, II
Charlotte Criminal Defense and DWI Lawyer