Arrest Warrants in Oklahoma
What is an arrest warrant?
An arrest warrant is a legal document that is signed by the court, which allows the police to arrest you even if they did not see a suspected criminal activity take place.
Typically, if an officer sees you commit a crime, he or she can arrest you immediately without a warrant. However, if the officer believes you were involved in a suspected crime even though he or she did not see it, he or she must first obtain a warrant in order to arrest you.
How an Arrest Warrant is Obtained
Law enforcement officers will typically write an affidavit to the court in order to obtain an arrest warrant. The affidavit seeks to establish probable cause for trying to obtain the warrant in the first place. This generally must include factual information about the person and how they are suspected of being involved in the alleged crime.
Information Contained in a Warrant
There will be several different items included in the arrest warrant, such as:
- The name of the person to be arrested
- Details of the alleged offense or crime
- A bail amount
- Conditions under which the person may be arrested, such as a specified location or during certain hours of the day
Being Arrested Without a Warrant
It is possible to be arrested without a warrant as long as the law enforcement official witnesses you committing a crime. It is also legal for an officer to arrest you without witnessing the crime as long as they have probable cause.
Why You’ll Want a Lawyer
If you have been served with a warrant, it is important to contact an experienced defense attorney immediately. Your attorney will examine the affidavit which supports the warrant, as well as the warrant itself, and make sure that it is legitimate with no factual errors.
The experienced attorneys at Edge Law Firm are ready to make sure that your case receives the attention and defense it deserves. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.