How Can I Clear My Felony Warrant?

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How can I clear my felony warrant?

Although law enforcement normally doesn’t make arrest warrants known, if you learn you do have a felony arrest warrant and want to avoid getting arrested, you’ll need to clear it before a judge. Arrest warrant clearance means that you have to either appear in person in the court that issued the warrant or contact a lawyer to help you do so. You will be arrested and jailed if you go to the police station or to the district attorney’s office to clear it. Before you try to arrange a hearing before the court make sure you do the following:

  • Learn exactly what charges are filed against you, as well as when the warrant was filed and the file number. Some jurisdictions may provide the warrant as part of public records and can be retrieved online.
  • Contact a lawyer who can help you handle the case and advise you about the court appearance.
  • Once all information is gathered, you need to arrange to appear before the court that issued the warrant. An attorney can help you do this and can help you in court when you have the hearing.  

If you need help with arrest warrant clearance in Wichita, KS you can also contact the team at Owen's Bonding Co.. We can help you with this or if you are arrested, we can bond you out of jail quickly. Learn more about how we can help by calling 866-830-2663.

Can arrest warrants be dropped

If an arrest warrant has been issued it normally cannot be dropped unless the judge issuing the warrant rescinds it or you are arrested. A judge might rescind the warrant, for instance, if it was issued in error. The only other way a warrant can be dropped is through arrest warrant clearance. This means you have to appear before the court that issued the warrant to keep from being taken into custody. Appearing before the court, however, does not mean the charges are dropped. This appearance is similar to a hearing in which a bail amount is set and you make a promise to appear in future court hearings on your case. In this instance, you are not having to post bail.

Who can issue arrest warrants

Judges are responsible for issuing arrest warrants. They are issued on the basis of probable cause evidence presented by law enforcement and prosecutors. This means law enforcement and prosecutors have gathered enough evidence they have reason to suspect you committed a crime and thus have reason to arrest you. They present that evidence to the court and the judge decides if there is probable cause to issue an arrest warrant. This type of warrant is different from a bench warrant, which is also issued by a judge when someone fails to appear in court. This gives law enforcement the ability to arrest you at any time and anywhere. Arrest warrant clearance can only be achieved if you appear before the court before you are arrested.

What happens when an arrest warrant is issued

Once a judge issues an arrest warrant, law enforcement can actively search for the suspect and arrest him or her. This means they can make an arrest anywhere and at any time. You can be arrested at home, at work, at school, or wherever you may be. Arrest warrants are normally acquired when a crime has been committed out of sight of law enforcement. An officer can make an arrest without a warrant if the crime has been committed in the officer’s view.

How long before a warrant becomes outstanding?

A warrant is considered outstanding if significant time has passed like several months or even years pass before the person is arrested. While an active search may have ended for the subject, the arrest warrant is still valid. You can still be arrested on an outstanding warrant and are considered a fugitive. Outstanding warrants can be issued for even minor offenses, including traffic tickets if you fail to pay the ticket on time. Often with such offenses police may not be actively searching for you but could arrest you if you committed another offense, even a traffic violation. If you approach the court where the warrant was issued it’s possible arrest warrant clearance could happen, and you would avoid arrest but still have to face charges. 

Are arrest warrants public record

In most cases, arrest warrants are a matter of public record, and you can search online to see if any warrants have been issued for you. Law enforcement often will not announce publicly that a warrant has been issued to keep from alerting the suspect.

Do arrest warrants show up on background checks?

Because warrants are part of public records it’s very possible the warrant will show up on a background check. Of course, this depends on the thoroughness of the background check. You should assume the warrant will be discovered. If you think you have a warrant out, be honest with anyone performing the background check. 

Can you get a security clearance with a warrant?

If a job requires you to get a security clearance to be able to perform it, you will be out of luck if you have a warrant. You will not be able to get clearance. Even if you go before a judge for arrest warrant clearance, it’s unlikely you’ll get any security clearance until your case has been dealt with or dismissed.

What is a warrant clearance fund?

You might have heard of a warrant clearance fund, and while it may sound as if it has something to do with criminal cases, it does not. It is a type of financial transaction and has nothing at all to do with arrest warrant clearance. It often has to do with pay or an order to deliver goods, usually by a governmental agency.

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