What to do if you have a warrant:
“What should I do if I have a warrant in California for my arrest?” Here at Avengers Bail Bonds, we get this question a lot. The simplest way to answer this question is not as complicated as most people think. So, it’s very important that you turn yourself in as soon as possible. Turning yourself in with a bail bondsman by your side is the easiest way to get out of jail faster than you expect. There is one best way to find out if you have a California warrant…
Contrary to popular belief, the local police or sheriff departments rarely knock on your door to arrest you for a bench warrant. You’d be surprised to learn just how busy some police departments are, and that a bench warrant for something trivial just doesn’t take precedence over something larger. Reality is, most police departments just don’t have the time or the resources to go out hunting people down. Now, understand, the consequences for failing to appear do get worse and worse as time goes on.
How Can I Find Out if I have a Warrant for my arrest?
There are several ways to find out if you have a warrant for your arrest. The best way to find out if you have a warrant is to call a bondsman or contact your local courthouse. The court clerk will ask for your name and date of birth, but sometimes they may ask for a driver’s license number. They will be able to tell you if a warrant for your arrest has been issued or not. This will also depend on the court’s policy as some county clerks may not give info over the phone.
The 2nd way to find out if you have a warrant:
Some counties in California have a warrant search page on their website. (Check your county’s website). Simply input your information in the search box, 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. It’s always a good idea to call a bail bondsman to help you rather than be stuck in jail.
The 4th way to find out if you have a warrant:
This is probably your safest of all options. Contact a local Lancaster bail bonds company, like the professionals at Avengers Bail Bonds. You just let them know you think you may have a warrant issued for your arrest. The bail agent near you will ask you a few questions, such as your name and date of birth and they will be able to find any warrants issued for your arrest.
Never turn yourself in to the police or the sheriff on your own. For one thing, if you discover your bail is too high and can’t afford it, and haven’t worked with a bail bondsman before you turned yourself in, you could be in jail longer than expected. Second, if you turn yourself in thinking they are going to let you sign an ROR (released on recognizance) bond, and they don’t, then the vehicle you drove there in will be impounded costing you even more in the long run.
What do I do, if I find out I have a warrant for my arrest?
Most people that call me are scared about the unknown. 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 or sheriff’s department and they can book you on the warrant. Then once you are booked and processed you can post bail, anytime 24 hours a day. However, we highly recommend arranging to turn yourself in to the court that issued the warrant. Because the warrant will be recalled, and the case will be heard the same day, usually within a few hours. This will also cut down on the amount of time you will spend in an actual jail cell, if any time at all. (Some courts won’t even take you into custody).
Do I need to hire an attorney?
Not so much, but always recommend that clients at least speak to an attorney when trying to clear up a warrant. However, if you can’t find an attorney or simply don’t want to hire one? Then, we strongly recommend talking with a local Lancaster bail bonds company.
The Lancaster bail bonds company can arrange to meet you at the courthouse or jail 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. 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 Lancaster bail bondsman there with you, otherwise you will be remanded to into custody and sent to county jail.
In Conclusion About How to Find Out if You Have a Warrant
We always recommend talking to a local bail bonds company if you need to clear up a warrant. We hope you choose Avengers Bail Bonds located in Lancaster, CA. The professional agents at Avengers will never charge you a service fee for appearing in court, like most bail bond companies do. Here at Avengers Bail Bonds in Lancaster, we promise, we will meet you in court anytime free of charge. This means, if you don’t need our services, you will not be charged a “service fee”, EVER!
So, go ahead, what are you waiting for? Give Avengers Bail Bonds in Lancaster a call at (888) NO-JAILS now and let one of our friendly Lancaster bail bonds agents help you clear up your Los Angeles County or Orange County bench warrant.