What to do if you have a warrant:
I get this question a lot, “What do I do if I have a warrant for my arrest?” Well the answer to this question is not as complicated as most people think. And contrary to popular belief, the police will rarely knock on your door to arrest you on a bench warrant.
Reality is they just don’t have the resources to do this. That being said, the consequences for failing to appear get worse and worse as time goes on. So, it’s very important that you turn yourself in as soon as possible.
How Can I Find Out if I have a Warrant for my arrest?
Here are a few ways to find out if you have a warrant for your arrest:
The 1st way to find out if you have a warrant:
I suggest contacting your local Courthouse. The clerk will ask for your name and date of birth, but sometimes they may ask for a drivers license number. And they should be able to tell you if you have a warrant or not.
The 2nd way to find out if you have a warrant:
I would say go to the Orange County Superior Court website. Just input your information such as, name and date of birth. The case overview will determine if a warrant has been issued and how much the bail is on the warrant.
The 3rd way to find out if you have a warrant:
Simply contact the local police department. However, be careful with this one, they may want you to be there in person. And a lot of times, if you do show up in person and they find a warrant they may arrest you on the spot. So, just be careful.
The 4th way to find out if you have a warrant:
I would suggest contacting a Santa Ana bail bonds company and let them know you think you have a warrant. Simply give them your name and date of birth and they will be able to locate any warrants issued for your arrest.
What do I do, if I find out I have a warrant for my arrest?
Most people that call me are scared, they have no idea what to do and they think if I turn myself in, I’m going to jail. Well that’s not necessarily the case. Every case is different, and it really depends on the charges and how long the warrant has been active.
There are a couple ways you can go about turning yourself in:
You can turn yourself in to the local police department and they can book you on the warrant. Then once you are booked and processed you can post bail, anytime.
However, I highly recommend arranging to turn yourself in to the court that issued the warrant. Because the warrant will be recalled, and the case heard the same day, usually within a few hours.
Do I need to hire an attorney?
I always recommend to my clients to seek the assistance of an attorney when trying to clear up a warrant.
But what if you can’t find an attorney or simply don’t want to hire one? Well in this case, I strongly recommend talking with a local Santa Ana bail bonds company.
The Santa Ana bail bonds company can arrange to meet you at the courthouse and be on standby in case you need to post a bail bond. In the event the court orders you to post a bail bond, you have a bondsman ready.
And if this happens the bondsman can immediately post your bail and prevent you from being transferred to county jail. Because it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Will the judge increase my bail?
Well not always, but it is always possible when you appear on the warrant that the current bail amount could be increased. And therefore, it’s important to have a licensed Santa Ana bail bondsman there with you, otherwise you will be remanded to custody and sent to county jail.
I always recommend talking to a bail bonds company if you need to clear up a warrant. And I hope you choose Blaine Carbo Bail Bonds in Santa Ana. Most bail bonds companies will charge you a “service fee” for appearing in court.
Here at Blaine Carbo Bail Bonds in Santa Ana, I will make you this promise, I will meet you in court anytime free of charge. This means, if you don’t need my services, you will not be charged a “service fee” EVER!
So, give Blaine Carbo Bail Bonds in Santa Ana a call now and let one of our friendly Santa Ana bail bonds agents help you clear your warrant.