How Do I Find Out if I Have a Warrant?

Finding out if you have an arrest warrant is easier than you might think. An arrest warrant is filed against an individual by a judge, presumably an Orange County judge, on behalf of the state of California. Warrants can be filed by the traffic department for a traffic related offense or by the criminal courts for a felony or misdemeanor offense. Most individuals can contact or search the database of the sheriff's department in the county their supposed offense took place, which would be the Orange County Sheriff's Department in this case.

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In Orange County, if a warrant is issued against you, law enforcement can arrest you on site. This can be incredibly alarming for the arrestee, since many individuals are not even aware that a warrant is out against them. This is why it is important to do frequent checks of any outstanding warrants through the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Police cannot make a lawful arrest unless they have probable cause or a legitimate arrest warrant.

If you find out that there is a warrant out for your arrest then immediately contact an attorney and surrender yourself. An Orange County criminal defense lawyer, like the ones at The Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, are experienced in criminal procedure. We understand the criminal process from the initial warrant/arrest and can guide you through the system for the most successful resolution to your case. With us on your side, you do not have to be afraid to surrender yourself. We will inform you that, in most cases, you can post bail rather than remaining in custody until your arraignment hearing.

Most people have arrest warrants issued against them because they failed to appear in court (or to the Traffic Department). A hearing is not optional, but rather is a court order that you must respond to. Unfortunately, there are many who are not even aware that they had to appear in court. This could happen for a few reasons, such as a change of address and the order was never received. We can help you sort out the details. We understand that you have enough on your plate as it is.

Instructions for Appearing on a Criminal Warrant

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Department,

To appear on a warrant, you must report to the Criminal Operations Department by 8:00 a.m. at the Justice Center which ordered the warrant. To post bail, contact the Justice Center which ordered the warrant.

Instructions for Appearing on a Traffic Warrant

According to the Orange County Traffic Department,

To appear on a traffic warrant, you must report to the Traffic Department by 8:00 a.m. at the Justice Center which ordered the warrant. Defendants appearing after 8:00 a.m. will be required to return the next business day unless the court otherwise allows. To post bail, contact the Justice Center which ordered the warrant.

If a warrant has been issued for your arrest, contact an Orange County criminal defense attorney at The Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry for aggressive representation!

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