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A warrant is a legal document issued by a judge or grand jury. It authorizes a law enforcement agent to engage in an activity that would otherwise violate a person’s constitutional rights. Examples of this may include searching private property, confiscating potential evidence, or placing someone under arrest. Law enforcement agents can request a warrant if there is compelling evidence that a crime has been committed. Arrest warrants authorize police to place a suspect under arrest, and detain and keep them in custody for a period of time.
An arrest warrant is issued by a judge or grand jury when a law enforcement agency has conducted an investigation concluding that there is a reasonable belief, or “probable cause”, that an individual broke the law.
The arrest warrant is a legal document authorizing the police to arrest and detain a person. In most cases, the individual is not aware that an arrest warrant has been issued until the time of arrest.
Law enforcement officers may make an unannounced visit to an individual’s home or workplace to make an arrest. The subject is then brought to jail where they are detained without bail until they are taken to court before a judge for an arraignment, release hearing or other proceeding.
A bench warrant is issued when a person has violated the rules of court, most commonly when they fail to appear for a court hearing or to answer a subpoena. It can also be issued for failure to pay a fine or failure to show proof of enrolling in or completing community service or other court-ordered activity.
A bench warrant authorizes the immediate arrest of a person. Police won’t typically go searching for subjects of bench warrants, but will take them in if they encounter them for other reasons.
A fugitive is a person who is consciously fleeing from the law. A fugitive warrant is an arrest warrant written in one jurisdiction for someone in another.
It is designed to enable cooperation between different law enforcement agencies. It allows a person to be arrested outside of the jurisdiction where the crime was committed, and then returned there to face charges.
A search warrant is an order issued by a judge that authorizes police officers to conduct a search of a specific location. It can only be issued on the basis of a sworn written statement by a law enforcement officer, and only based on the probability of criminal activity.
A search warrant includes the address to be searched and any items intended to be seized, along with information about the person involved, if known. The search warrant allows police to search a dwelling even if the occupant is not present.
Depending on the type of warrant issued, just about anyone can look up a warrant for free using either the local courts or the local police or sheriff’s department warrant databases. Checking warrants for free will depend on the local jurisdiction and the state and the way they display their active warrant information online.
The federal government, and each individual city, state and county government, maintains its own website where the public can search its database for outstanding warrants. These websites are up to date, easy to use, free of charge and anonymous. They tend to be the preferred option for people wondering whether or not they have an outstanding warrant.
Another option to find out about outstanding warrants is to call to the city, county, state or federal office and ask them.
You could call a police station and ask if there is an arrest warrant for someone’s name. A less direct method is likely a better route. You can search online for a county court or sheriff’s department to see if it lists outstanding warrants. In larger counties, you should expect this information to be more accurate than in smaller counties. In fact, smaller counties may not have this kind of resource at all. For federal warrants, you will need to find your district’s federal court.
People with outstanding warrants have options. Seeking legal advice from an attorney and turning oneself in is always the most advisable course of action. It will reflect much better in the eyes of the court than choosing to wait for the police to make an arrest.
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