Warrant Out for Your Arrest in Oklahoma
It’s often said that everybody makes mistakes. If your mistake, however, resulted in a warrant for your arrest, you need to know how to properly move forward in order to avoid creating a criminal history for yourself.
Being Notified of a Warrant
If a bail bondsman or attorney notifies you that there is a warrant out for your arrest, this means there has been a recent criminal filing with your name and address on it. Alternatively, you can check to see if you have a warrant by visiting the Oklahoma Supreme Court website.
Warrants are entered into the National Crime Information Center’s (NCIC) system, which allows law enforcement officers to be notified if they come into contact with someone who has an outstanding warrant. The warrants are also sent to the local jail.
If you find out there is a warrant out for your arrest, the best plan of action is to immediately call both a lawyer and a bail bondsman for assistance. You should then make immediate plans to go down to the jail and surrender on the warrant. This is a much better alternative than being approached and arrested at your home or place of employment.
By surrendering with a bondsman, you avoid having to spend the night in jail or having to change into jail clothes. After the bondsman posts the bail, you will able to leave. If you are unable to afford the bond, you can arrange a bond reduction hearing with your lawyer.
Failing to appear at a scheduled court hearing can have serious repercussions. In fact, in Tulsa, it is standard for judges to double or triple the bond if a defendant fails to appear.
If you miss your court date and you do have a lawyer, it is in your best interest to call him or her immediately. You may be able to have the warrant recalled if you come into the court and talk to the judge with your lawyer, but this must be done quickly.
Help With Warrant Issues
If you know or believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, contact us at the Edge Law Firm to schedule a free and confidential review of your case.