If you or a loved one have an outstanding warrant, one of the best ways to resolve that warrant is to hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer. Don’t wait to be arrested on an outstanding warrant. Law enforcement may execute the warrant with a show of force. Resolving an outstanding arrest warrant is important because until the warrant is resolved, you lose many rights, including your right to possess a firearm. By being proactive, you can resolve the warrant with the best possible outcome.
How Can I Find Out if I Have an Outstanding Arrest Warrant?
You can perform a local search in the county in which you think the warrant was issued. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement have most warrants listed on their respective websites. However, hiring an attorney is important because sometimes law enforcement does not publish a warrant. An attorney may be able to help determine if there is an outstanding warrant and get it resolved quickly.
Can I Surrender Myself on the Warrant?
Yes, but surrendering may require time spent in the county jail. Depending on the nature of the warrant, an attorney may be able to file a motion to surrender and ask a judge to immediately set aside the warrant so that you do not have to go into custody or post a bond. If you fail to appear or miss a criminal court hearing the judge will usually issue a failure to appear warrant or capias. A criminal defense lawyer may be able to resolve the warrant by filing a motion to withdraw the warrant or capias so that you can avoid being taken into custody. Hiring an attorney to assist you might save you time in jail, stress, money and embarrassment.
Can I Get My Bond Reduced to a Lower Amount on a Warrant?
Yes, a criminal defense attorney can request an emergency bond reduction hearing and ask the judge to lower the bond to a reasonable amount given your financial circumstance or release you on a signature bond (release on your own recognizance or ROR) that does not require you to post any money with the courts or a bail bondsman. The fact that you voluntarily surrendered is an important factor that a judge may consider when determining the bond amount you must pay before being released from custody.
Do You or Someone You Know Need Help With an Outstanding Warrant?
If you or someone you know has an outstanding warrant, you are probably overwhelmed and confused as to what to do next. It is critical that you get help from an experienced criminal defense attorney. Warrants and bonds are complex and require the help of someone with experience.
Why Fernandez & Hernandez?
If you or someone you know has an outstanding arrest warrant in the Tampa Bay area and need help, Fernandez & Hernandez will provide a free consultation and help guide you through the process. The attorneys at Fernandez and Hernandez have experience and will work vigorously to protect your rights, and in many cases, may be able to prevent unnecessary jail time. Attorney Daniel J. Fernandez is a 5-star criminal defense attorney and bilingual as well. If you or a loved one need help to get the outcome you deserve, call criminal defense attorney Daniel J. Fernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez at 813 229-5353.