If a warrant is issued for you in California, it means that law enforcement has the ability to arrest you at any time. There are two types of warrants. An arrest warrant is issued when law enforcement suspects you have committed a crime, while a bench warrant is issued when you have failed to appear in court, failed to obey a court order or have failed to show progress in a court-ordered program.
At our criminal defense law firm, we get calls everyday from people asking how to find out if a warrant has been issued for them and what to do about it. However, it is actually very simple to find out if a warrant has been issued against you.
Has a Warrant Been Issued for Me?
Warrants are filed against you by a judge, the traffic department or the criminal courts on behalf of the state. Finding out if there is a warrant out for your arrest is typically as easy as calling or going online to search a database.
In Orange County, you can search for active warrants using the Orange County Sheriff’s Department website or by conducting a general search through California arrest records. By entering your first and last name, you can find out if a warrant has been issued for your arrest.
Riverside residents can use a similar link to search for warrants, while Los Angeles county residents can search this site as well. If you think a warrant could be out in your name in San Bernardino, you can check here. Arrest warrants in San Diego can be searched using this tool.
What Happens if a Warrant is Out for Me?
If a warrant has been issued against you in California, any law enforcement officer can arrest you at any time. Yes, this means that police can come to your house, workplace or any other place where they suspect you may be to arrest you.
That is why you should hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you if you suspect a warrant has been issued in your name. A criminal lawyer may be able to spare you the embarrassment of being arrested in front of coworkers or family members by negotiating a time and place to turn yourself in. Your lawyer may also be able to work request that the warrant be lifted so that you no longer have to fear being arrested everywhere you go. In some cases, an experienced criminal defense law firm can have the warrant recalled without you having to appear in court or paying hundreds or thousands of dollars to a bail bondsman.
Contact the Criminal Defense Attorneys at Wallin & Klarich Today
If you believe a warrant has been issued for you, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. At Wallin & Klarich, our skilled and knowledgeable attorneys have been successfully representing our clients in matters involving warrants for more than 35 years. We may be able to help you get your warrant lifted by the court.
With offices in Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, Victorville, Los Angeles, West Covina, Torrance and San Diego, you can find a dedicated Wallin & Klarich attorney available to help you no matter where you work or live.
Call our offices today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free phone consultation. We will be there when you call.