Florida Warrants: Duval, Clay, Nassau, and St. Johns Counties
What is a Warrant?
As a criminal defense attorney, I get calls about warrants on daily basis, but most people calling about a warrant don’t understand what a warrant really means. A warrant is basically a document that authorizes an action of some sort. In the criminal defense context, we are dealing with arrest warrants which authorize law enforcement officers to take someone into custody. On the other hand, a search warrant gives law enforcement authority to conduct a search at a location (car, house, purse) and seize any potential evidence they find.
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What are Some of the Reasons that Warrants are Issued?
- An alleged crime was committed, and the sheriff’s office obtained a warrant for the person’s arrest.
- Violation of Probation Warrant (VOP warrant).
- Failure to appear for a criminal hearing (FTA).
- Capias issued for failure to show up to court after you ignored a criminal traffic ticket.
How to Resolve an Outstanding Warrant?
If you have an outstanding warrant, the worst thing you can do is avoid it. You may think: “I don’t want to deal with this right now. I have a job and a family to take care of.” But unfortunately, you will be pulled over for speeding or a broken tale light, and the officer will run your name through the system and find a warrant. You will be caught off guard. You will be unprepared. It is always the worst timing. You are always better off dealing with the warrant. A criminal defense attorney can help evaluate your options to see if you can avoid spending a night in jail. A warrant can also bring embarrassing and traumatic consequences, if the officers serve it at your job or even at home.
Also, importantly, the Judge and prosecutor will pay attention to the fact that you voluntarily decided to deal with the warrant and address the underlying case.
How Can We Help You Deal with a Warrant?
Contacting a criminal defense attorney will give you following:
- Figure out if there is an actual warrant out there
- Figure out what is the bond amount on the warrant
- Figure out if it is a no bond warrant and what are the options to get in front of the judge as quickly as possible
- Figure out the best way to turn yourself in or if you have to turn yourself in
- Schedule an emergency bond reduction hearing
- Advise you on any communication you may have with law enforcement
- Represent you in the underlying case
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