Sometimes in life we don’t always make the best choices. Sometimes our decisions could be worse than others, often leading to an arrest warrant. When this instance occurs, it is wise to try to correct the mistake. For many, a good way to do this is by turning yourself in, regardless of how scary it may sound. In order to do this the right way, take a look at what you need to know for the process.
How Do You Receive an Arrest Warrant?
An arrest warrant can be issued for a number of reasons. The main reasons typically are because of new cases, probation misdemeanors, and failing to comply with court orders (such as not making an appearance). Once the warrant has been made and evidence has been turned into the court, police have authorization to arrest you because you are now considered to be a wanted criminal. You will be made aware of the warrant through either mail or a telephone call. If you are not able to be reached, chances are they will contact a close relative or friend depending on the situation.
Steps to Take Next
Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney
When you receive the warrant, you may discover that it doesn’t provide much information. However, when you work with a criminal defense attorney, they can uncover important details of your case and provide advice on how to proceed. It is important that you do not turn yourself in without an attorney. If you decide to give your statement to the police by yourself, you are helping them build a case against you because without an attorney, they are allowed to question you. Therefore, you could land jail time immediately. Also, with an attorney, you have a better chance of getting a lower bond amount because they can negotiate with bail bond agents. Just make sure you do not wait until the last moment to meet with an attorney so that you have plenty of time to build your case.
Turn Yourself In
This next part can be very scary, especially if this is your first time, but it is important in order to correct your mistakes. When turning yourself in, you can do this in a number of ways. One way is to call the sheriff and wait for them to arrive. Another possibly more effective way is to appear in court. Since Monday is typically a busy day for law enforcement, appearing Tuesday through Thursday might be a better time. If you turn yourself in on Friday, your information may not be processed in time and you will have to spend the weekend in jail until everything is ready.
Know Your Rights
After you have successfully turned yourself in, you will be on the road for a lot of questioning and interrogation. Before this happens, make sure that you understand your rights, especially the Miranda Rights. The Miranda Rights states that you have the right to remain silent. If you ignore these rights, anything you say can be held against you in court.
Get Bonded Out of Jail
This final step is the one you and your attorney have prepared for. You should have at this point found a bondsman to help you out with the case. How serious your offense is will determine the bond amount, but if you have the right attorney and bondsman, they can potentially make some negotiations.
If you or someone you know is looking for the right bondsman, give Titan Bail Bonds a call today! We can help you get back on the right path.