How Do You Know If There’s an Warrant Out for Your Arrest?
You’re in a hurry to get to work, and your foot was a little heavy on the gas pedal this morning. As a result, a police officer had caught you speeding and pulled you over. You hand over the proper paperwork and wait for the speeding ticket. That’s when things go awry.
You’re told to get out of the car. The handcuffs come out. The officer escorts you to the back of his vehicle. What is going on? You’re confused. All you did was go a little too fast. Why are you being arrested?
That’s when you learn that an arrest warrant is out for you. How can this be? Why did no one tell you before?
How to Find Out There’s a Warrant for My Arrest?
We all make mistakes, and some of them can put us into legal trouble. But maybe you didn’t know you committed a crime. Or you thought the matter had been cleared up. Whatever the case may be, the court may not notify you of the warrant. But there are ways to check whether there is an outstanding warrant on you.
Your first option is to call the county court clerk to see if there’s an outstanding warrant for you. You will have to provide a case number, name, date of birth, and Social Security number. Since criminal cases are part of the public record, you shouldn’t have a problem finding out.
But what if the warrant was given out on the federal level? In that case, you will need to call the federal clerk of your district court. You also have the option of going to the courthouse and looking up your name in the public record.
But what about checking online? Although there are several websites out there that claim they can check your record (for a price), these sites do not have complete information, so it’s best to check with the courts.
What If There is a Warrant Out for Me?
Let’s say you do find an outstanding warrant. You need to address this matter quickly before the police come knocking on your door. What do you do?
First, let’s get the don’ts out of the way. Don’t run. Don’t ignore it. And don’t surrender without talking to our criminal defense attorney first.
That should be your first step — contact Attorney Anthony Carbone. He will guide you through the process, figure out what the warrant is for, and explain your legal options.
The critical action to take is to get the matter resolved before it becomes a full-blown issue. If there is a warrant out for your arrest or you are charged with a crime in Jersey City, Newark, or anywhere else in New Jersey, don’t wait another second. Contact Attorney Carbone now for a free consultation.