What is an outstanding warrant?
Legally, law enforcement cannot arrest you unless they personally witness you in relation to a crime. An arrest warrant serves as a way to get around this. It is a document granted by a court of law, authorizing law enforcement to arrest and detain you. Outstanding warrants do not expire, and should be treated as active until the matter has been resolved through the legal process.
How can I find someone’s outstanding warrant search?
If you’re looking to gain access to someone’s warrant, you’ll have access to a plethora of methods to do so. Arrest warrants are a rather simple legal document to locate, provided you know how to search for one.
The best, and easiest way to find an outstanding warrant is to simply utilize an online public records database. Services like SpyFly provide access to billions of public records, arrest warrants included TO find an outstanding warrant, all you need to do is type the name of the person you’re searching, and select the state you believe the warrant to have been issued in. Within moments, you’ll have arrest warrants popping up for your search.
SpyFly is a fantastic service for this. It’s fast. It’s easy. And, most importantly, it’s confidential. If you’re trying to research someone you know, or if you’re concerned about law enforcement being made aware of your inquiry, SpyFly has you covered. They do not alert any agencies that your search has been made, nor do they notify the person you’re searching. This means you can practice a responsible habit, without being concerned over judgement or legal persecution as a result.
If you don’t have access to reliable internet, or if you’re simply a fan of working harder to achieve the same results, you can also go through legal channels to acquire the arrest warrant you’re seeking out. Simply head down to whichever law enforcement department you believe the arrest warrant was issued to, and speak with an officer on clerical duty regarding your search. They’ll be able to assist you, and help you look through various records until you find the information you receive.
However, if you’re trying to find a warrant placed upon yourself, this method is inadvisable. If you’re wrong, and there is no warrant on yourself, then you’ll have wasted an entire day searching. But, if you’re correct, then you’ll almost certainly be arrested by any number of police officers currently in the station. Unless you’re looking to film a comedy special involving your actual arrest, this is a bad idea, and you should try a different method.
Another potential method is quite similar. You can find nearly any public record at the courthouse where it was issued. If you think you know which court issued the outstanding warrant you’re looking for, simply visit it in person, and speak with the county clerk, and submit your request for a copy of the warrant.
However, this method comes with several caveats as well. For starters, many municipal clerks are simply overwhelmed with innumerous requests, and they can take several days, if not weeks just to get to your request. Moreover, county clerks are often in possession of more archaic tools than modern technology, and are likely to mail you the results of your inquiry, adding several more days or weeks to your wait time.
Finally, county courts work extremely closely with law enforcement. If you’re searching for your own warrant, it’s possible that the clerk will send a tip to police, informing them that you’ll need to check whichever mailing address you’re using. Any half-competent police department can simply send a pair of officers that way, and they can arrest you before you’ve even finished checking the mail for your warrant.
What should I do if I have an outstanding warrant?
Visit. A. Lawyer.
The most important thing you can do is visit an attorney as soon as possible. A warrant is a serious legal document, and only a lawyer can provide proper insight into your case. Speak with an attorney, be honest with their questions, and help them understand your case as best as you can. Arrest warrants can be issued for crimes as petty as unpaid parking tickets, and many charges can be resolved without the need for handcuffs or jail cells.
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