How to check for an active warrant on yourself
If you have a warrant out for yourself, you want to know. It can seem like a complicated, messy process from the outside. You’ll be told to do a variety of things, and they can prove either ineffectual or straight up detrimental to your legal safety.
First, what not to do.
There are a couple of things that you can look up, that may seem reasonable at first, but can in actuality put you in danger of being arrested even quicker.
Do not visit the police station. While yes, they will almost certainly possess a warrant for your arrest, and they will help you determine if there even is one, they will also arrest you the second they realize they possess a warrant for your arrest. Police officers may not recognize you on sight immediately, but trying to ask them to find out if you can legally be arrested will only get you arrested, or disappointed,
The same can be said for a courthouse. While you can work through the county clerk to try and find an arrest warrant for yourself, the fact of the matter is that the county clerk is an extension of the judicial system, and can at any time inform police officers of your warrant. Heck, police officers are often crawling all-around a courthouse, and all it takes is one to think “Hey, they have an arrest warrant out for themselves”, and you’re toast.
Lastly, do not resist arrest. If police officers have identified you, and are attempting to arrest you, all that running will do is worsen your chances with the legal system. Cooperate with the police here, and allow them to arrest you. That being said, you’re under no obligation to speak to them without the presence of an attorney, and it is extremely prudent to demand the presence of your lawyer as soon as possible, Their legal advice can prove invaluable, and necessary to avoid being sent to prison.
Now, how to check for warrants.
The simplest, cheapest, and fastest way to search for a warrant is to do just that. Search for a warrant. Visit an online warrant records database, and search for your name. You’ll find results popping up in seconds, and you’ll be able to find out very, very quickly if you have an arrest warrant or not. This method may take, at the most, ten minutes of your time, and can inform you very quickly if you’re safe or not.
An online public records search is also available on the go. If you believe police officers may be watching your house, you can simply go on your phone, and search for the warrant there.
What should I do if I have an arrest warrant?
Visit an attorney. Visit an attorney. Visit an attorney.
Seriously, that cannot be said enough. A lawyer can counsel you on what you need to do next and can help clarify the legal process. A good lawyer might even be able to resolve the warrant without you being arrested in the first place and can help you stay out of prison. Visit your attorney as soon as you can if you have an arrest warrant.
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