Discovering that you have a warrant out for your arrest can be an intimidating experience, because it raises the possibility that you could be arrested at almost any time if pulled over or if you have to go to a courthouse or police station for an unrelated matter. A warrant can be issued for many reasons, even an unpaid parking or traffic ticket. Judges issue warrants on a daily bases for unpaid fines, unpaid child support, missed court dates, and charges of a crime. A warrant walkthrough can prevent the embarrassment and inconvenience of an unexpected arrest, and this procedure may lead to keeping your arrest record clean, depending on the charges or reasons why the warrant was issued.
What is a warrant walkthrough?
A warrant walkthrough is an arrangement with a bondsman that allows you to be booked and processed on a warrant by turning yourself in. For minor offenses, a warrant walkthrough can assure that you do not have to spend time in jail. Even for serious offenses, it is usually better to turn yourself in than to wait until police visit your home, place of business, or until you are stopped in traffic. Usually, a bond is set by a judge prior to an arrest, and in some cases, you can arrange a warrant walkthrough without having to post a bond by going through the court. You may wish to contact the court to see why a warrant has been issued first and ask if a bond has been set if you are being charged with a crime. For unpaid misdemeanor fines, usually you can arrange a court date and catch up prior to court to avoid an arrest and jail time.
Why arrange a warrant walkthrough?
Usually, you will not be able to resolve a matter with an active warrant simply by going to court, so you must take care of the warrant prior to asking for a court date. A warrant is basically a notice about why you will be required to appear in court and gives police power to arrest you. Even if the case will ultimately be dismissed, you can still be arrested and must take care of the warrant. Turning yourself in demonstrates cooperation with the court system and can help your case later on, to show that you are not avoiding the matter or trying to evade law enforcement. If you have been charged with a serious crime, you may need to be booked into jail and post a bail bond with a bail bondsman. Having a bondsman on the case with the bond already prepaid ensures that you will spend as little time in jail possible.
How do I ask for a warrant walkthrough?
Typically, to arrange a warrant walkthrough, you must first contact a bondsman and fill out paperwork to take care of the warrant. The bondsman can assist you in giving the court notice about the warrant and getting it served on you without an arrest. Then you will be able to get a court date and defend the matter or catch up on unpaid fines.
Peter Wendt lives in Austin, Texas with his family. He has a background in law, and enjoys writing on the subject. Interested in learning more about warrant walkthroughs? Wendt recommends this website.