For many people, the criminal court process is overwhelming and confusing. It is not uncommon for someone to have an arrest warrant and not even know it. Sometimes, law enforcement works with prosecutors to open criminal cases that you may not even known about. Other times, someone may be mailed a summons to appear in court only to later learn – after the warrant is issued – that the summons was sent to an old or incorrect address. A more frequent occurrence is someone getting a traffic ticket and forgetting to pay it before the court date on their ticket. In any of these situations, if you fail to appear in court on the specified date and time – even if you did not know about the date, time, or location of your court appearance, the court will issue a warrant for your arrest.
Even after your case is ongoing, it is not uncommon for a court date to be continued for one reason or another. It is also easy to miss a court date or show up late because your court appearance moved from one department or courtroom to another. Even after someone enters a plea or resolves their case, a warrant may issue if someone fails to pay a fine, complete community service, or complete court ordered classes by a specific date.
You Can Be Arrested With An Open Warrant
If any of these circumstances or situations happen to you, you might find yourself with either an arrest warrant or a bench warrant. If you have an open warrant for any reason, you can be arrested at any time if you come into contact with law enforcement.
For example, if you have a traffic accident and law enforcement comes to the accident, you might get arrested at a very unexpected and inconvenient time. This can make an already bad situation worse. Being arrested for a warrant you did not know about can result in you missing unexcused time from work or school. Outstanding warrants can also appear on background checks and prevent you from being hired for a job.
Call Us Now If You Have An Outstanding Warrant
If you have an outstanding warrant, call us right now. We can help you clear the outstanding warrant and represent you on whatever the underlying charges are that lead to the warrant. Hiring counsel to quash your open warrants right away is an important step to avoiding higher fines, increased bail costs, and jail time.
The Wright Law Group, P.C. can help you clear up your pending warrants and help you resolve your pending criminal charges. Call us now at (702) 405-0001 for a free consultation.