Warrant Out for Your Arrest? What to Know Before Turning Yourself In

Often times when we think about someone with an outstanding warrant, we picture old cowboy movies or dangerous fugitives on the run. Though sometimes that is the case, oftentimes it’s not quite like that. Those with an outstanding warrant often wonder as to whether or not they should turn themselves in or wait until the police catch them. 

As attorneys, we are obligated to tell you that you must turn yourself in immediately if you have an active warrant. Those who turn themselves in are usually entitled to receive a bond and may be out of custody while counsel is tending to the matter. 

Warrant Out for Your Arrest? Factors to Consider

If you decide to turn yourself in, it is important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney. You or your family should make arrangements with a bail bondsman before turning yourself in. Although you are Constitutionally entitled to a bond in most cases, it is possible that you will not receive a bond. When this is the case it can take a few days for the attorney to be able to get on the court’s docket for a bond hearing. 

Fortunately, not receiving a bond is rarer these days. In Harris County and other counties, judges are more inclined to grant so-called “PR” bonds for many offenders, which makes it so the defendant does not actually have to post money to be let out of jail. 

If you are currently living in a state other than the state in which the warrant is issued, you may find yourself in jail for a longer period of time since you will be transported (also known as “extradited”) back to the state in question. This may take a bit – sometimes even weeks, and the process can be expedited if the defendant waives his right to contest extradition. Members of the U.S. military should immediately contact the individual who serves as their command in order for he or she to help you during the process of turning yourself in. 

Another factor to think about before turning yourself in is if it is the weekend or a holiday that occurs on either a Monday or Friday. If you turn yourself in at any of these times, and you do not receive a bond, you could be held until the following weekday when the court is once again open. 

Remember that choosing to ignore an outstanding warrant does not make it go away. Lawyers will not take your case until you have already turned yourself in on the warrant. The courts take into consideration whether you have taken the initiative to turn yourself in and take responsibility for your actions. This may even increase the likelihood of receiving bail prior to the trial. 

Ceja Law Firm PLLC Helps Those Who Have Outstanding Warrants in Texas

You can find out if you have a warrant out for your arrest by search the outstanding warrants lists provided by each city. If you or a loved one is facing an outstanding warrant, it is important that you know what is best to do. The experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys at Ceja Law Firm PLLC can help! To learn more or to schedule a consultation, contact us today!