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How to Know if a Warrant is Out for Your Arrest

There can be many reasons why you may want to know if there is a warrant out for your arrest. Maybe you have applied for a new job and the company does thorough background checks. Maybe you started dating someone new and are worried he or she may be curious. Maybe it is just for your peace of mind. Whatever the case may be, you have the right to know if there is a search warrant out for your arrest.

A warrant for an arrest is a document signed by a judge or magistrate allowing the police to take you into custody. It is illegal to do so without one. In order to obtain a warrant, officers must have reasonable cause for the arrest. They must be as descriptive as possible to protect the public from being wrongfully arrested.

There are a few methods in which you can find out if you have a warrant out for your arrest. The first way is to simply look online. You can check the website of the city or county you believe your warrant takes place. You can also check sites such as the DMV to see if you are listed. There are also third-party websites you can use. Some are free and some charge.

If you do not have access to the internet or would rather talk to someone, you can call the court clerk. A court will have an arrest warrant filed in their records. This method may have its limitations, however. A court may not have records of an arrest that occurred in a separate city or county. Some courts cannot divulge information in cases involving families or minors. If you call with your own phone and you do have a warrant out for you, police can track your call and arrest you.

When it comes to arrests, you want to turn yourself in. It is better to deal with the law rather than run from it. At Chung & Ignacio, our Rancho Cucamonga defense attorneys are skilled at handling arrest cases. Contact us today for a free case review.

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