There are only three ways to deal with an arrest warrant: appear for arraignment, pay a bond when it is available, or seek to have the warrant set aside or dismissed.
What Should I do if I find Out There is a Warrant Out for My Arrest?
First of all, don’t panic or run away. A warrant is not the end of the world and there are various ways to get the warrant set aside. Any time there is a criminal charge that results in a warrant, the situation is serious and the assistance of a reputable, seasoned and experienced lawyer can make a huge difference. You should understand that if there is a warrant out for your arrest on a felony or misdemeanor charge, the warrant will never go away. Why should you deal with an open warrant? Because someday, perhaps when you least expect it (or least want to deal with it), the police will either show up at the door of your home, or show up at your place of employment, or pull you over while you are driving down the road. They will handcuff you, put you in the back of a police car, and take you to jail. This is a circumstance that can cost you your job, mortify your family, alienate friends, and cause you obvious great inconvenience and expense.
Can a Criminal Defense Attorney Protect me from Being Arrested?
Yes. Once you hire an experienced, respected criminal defense attorney, he or she will know exactly what to do to prevent a surprise arrest. If you find out there is a warrant out for your arrest and you contact the police, they may act friendly and agree to let you turn yourself in, but in a good percentage of times they will speak to you just to determine where you are, and then come out and arrest you. The police have no legal obligation to fulfil a promise not to come out and arrest you at once. A lawyer can appear with you in court and persuasively argue for a low or personal bond. A personal bond is one that does not require the posting of any money.
What Can a Defense Attorney Do or Say That I Can’t?
If you have not yet been arrested, an attorney can call the police and tell them you have a retained attorney. This alone will dramatically reduce the risk of being arrested by surprise and will likely nullify the risk altogether. Your attorney, if experienced and astute, will not only call the police, but will also send an email or fax to the police telling them that you have a retained attorney. If this is done, a surprise arrest is almost certainly not going to happen, and the police are not allowed to question you. The lawyer may also be able to arrange for you to be able to post a bond as an alternative to personally appearing. In those cases where you must appear, the lawyer can schedule an appearance with the court and appear with you and on your behalf. You should never, never appear for an arraignment without an attorney if possible.
If I am Arrested Before I Hire an Attorney, Will That Somehow Hurt Me in Court?
Probably. If you have not hired an attorney, and you are brought into court in handcuffs (seemingly against your will) you will appear to the judge as being someone who perhaps wanted to avoid facing the charges. This can be the appearance even if it is not true. Remember, the judge does not know you and he will not give you the benefit of the doubt or assume you are a good person. All the judge will see is a person in handcuffs and escorted by a court or police officer. If you come into court voluntarily and with a retained attorney, the judge will immediately understand that you took it upon yourself to do the right thing, and that you are willing to face the charges. A skillful and zealous lawyer will be in the best position to convince the judge that you should not remain incarcerated while the case goes through court.
If you are alone, you may think you know what to tell the judge to help yourself, but in actuality, you do not. You could end up hurting yourself greatly. And remember, you will not have a court-appointed attorney with you at this point. The first time you could see a court-appointed attorney may be when he visits you in jail or, worse when he shows up at your pretrial conference or trial.
You Need a Top-Rated, Highly-Respected Criminal Defense Attorney with You When You Turn Yourself In
The top-rated attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. are known by all judges in Michigan as being not only knowledgeable and fierce advocates for their clients, but they are also known as being trustworthy and highly reputable. They are whom you want by your side when you walk into court to address a warrant.
The dedicated, experienced and zealous defense attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have successfully represented thousands of clients on felony and misdemeanor charges in Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Washtenaw, and Livingston Counties and throughout Southeastern Michigan. We have a well-earned reputation for providing the highest quality defense and aggressive representation, while showing empathy and care for each client. Call us today at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Assistance Form and we will promptly contact you.
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