What Should I Do If There is a Warrant Out for My Arrest?


In some situations, a person will learn that the police have issued a warrant for his or her arrest before an arrest actually occurs. If you learn there’s a warrant out for your arrest, or if you believe that such a warrant will soon be issued, there are certain steps you should take to protect your legal rights.

If a warrant has been issued for your arrest, do not do anything to hide from police, resist arrest, or obstruct the execution of the warrant. Instead, contact an experienced Austin, Texas criminal defense attorney immediately. Your attorney can give you specific advice tailored to your unique situation, allowing you to better protect your own rights.

In some situations, your attorney may be able to set up a time and place for you to “turn yourself in” or to go through a “walk-through” procedure. In these situations, you will appear at the police office or jail at a prearranged time. The benefits of this procedure include the ability to avoid being arrested in an inopportune place, such as at your workplace or in front of family members. In some cases, your attorney may be able to pre-arrange the conditions of your bond, so that you spend less time in jail after the booking process.

Whether a “walk-through” is appropriate depends on many factors, including the nature of the offense you are suspected of being involved in, your previous record, and whether the court believes that a bond is appropriate in your case. Your attorney can help you make the best possible case for a “walk-through” and to minimize the negative impact of a warrant on your life.

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