How to check if you have a warrant

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A warrant is a document issued by a court to law enforcement agencies about an individual who is accused of a crime. The warrant typically instructs law enforcement officials about what to do if the individual is ever in their custody. A warrant is typically for the arrest of the individual to go to court for a hearing or trial about a previous alleged offence. It's important for you to know whether you have an outstanding warrant. If you do, you should turn yourself in to avoid certain fees and extensive jail time.

Visit your local police or sheriff's department. Ask the clerk whether to check to see if you have a warrant. If you ask a law enforcement official whether you have a warrant and there is one against you, you may be arrested right then and there and put in jail. Most law enforcement agencies will not tell you over the phone whether there is a warrant out against you; you must go into the office.

Visit the clerk of courts office at the courthouse where a warrant may have been issued against you. The chance that you are arrested at the courthouse is much less likely, if you do have a warrant. Be sure you're visiting the right courthouse. The only records they likely would have are the warrants that have been issued in that jurisdiction. You may have to check multiple courthouses in your area, if you think there might be a warrant out against you.

Hire a criminal attorney to determine whether there is a warrant out for you. A qualified criminal attorney can research court and police records to determine whether there is a warrant against you.

Visit a website such as that searches for warrants in court databases. Enter information about yourself, including your name and the state in which you live. There typically are charges for services like these.

Check your mailbox. If you have a state-issued identification card, most states mail notices of the warrant for your arrest to you. It comes in an envelope from either the county sheriff or from the court system.

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