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What Should I Do If There Is a Warrant Out for Me?

Learning there is a warrant out for you can be a scary experience. You are likely confused about what to do next and what’s in your best interest. The Criminal Defense Team is here to guide you through this stressful time in your life and protect your rights.

Here are the steps to take if you find out there is a warrant out for you:

Consult with a Criminal Defense Attorney

The first thing you should do if you find yourself in this situation is to reach out to an experienced Indianapolis criminal defense lawyer. An attorney can check if this information is accurate and advise you on the appropriate next steps to take.

Each county and court has its own process for handling warrants. For example, some may recall warrants if your attorney files a motion, while others may set a hearing prior to taking someone into custody. The Criminal Defense Team of Baldwin Perry & Wiley PC can review your situation and determine the best strategy for your particular circumstances.

Additionally, our attorneys can explain how to post bail, where to appear for your initial hearing, and take steps to protect your rights through every phase of your case. Call us at (317) 678-9853 or contact us online for a free case review.

Check the Status of Your Case

Another step you can take before making any decisions about how to handle your case is to visit the Indiana MyCase website. You can type your name and birthday in to see if there are any active cases against you. If results appear, you can click on each case and see its status, including if bail has been set. Share this information with your criminal defense lawyer.

Depending on the situation, your attorney can advise you on the next steps. Your attorney may be able to contact the county jail or court clerk to find out where you need to post bond. However, if the bond type is not appropriate for your case, your attorney may file a motion to change it.

Surrender Yourself

If there is an active warrant out for you, law enforcement will have the authority to apprehend you. They could go to your home or job and arrest you in front of your coworkers or neighbors. Or, they could take you away if you are stopped at a routine traffic stop. It is usually better to voluntarily surrender yourself than to have law enforcement show up unexpectedly and take you away in handcuffs. Depending on the situation, you may not have to spend any time behind bars, or time may be minimal until you post bail.

Have a Warrant? Call The Criminal Defense Team

If there is an active warrant against you, you need to take action to protect your rights and freedom. Resolving the warrant is only the first step involved in your case. The Criminal Defense Team of Baldwin Perry & Wiley, P.C. can prepare an effective defense strategy and guide you through the criminal justice process. Contact us today to get started on your defense.