Even though there could be a warrant out for your arrest, the reason could be something more minor than you think. Neglecting to pay parking tickets can lead to a warrant. A simple bookkeeping mistake made by a secretary at the courthouse may be the culprit, or the warrant may be due to your failure to appear for a court date. You might even be a suspect in a crime and they simply haven’t been able to find you yet.
And when they have arrested you after you have ignored any warrants, you might have to pay a steep price. If you want to know if you do indeed have a warrant out for you, there is a very simple method.
You might start by simply asking a police officer.
The easiest way to find out if you have a warrant for arrest is to ask a police officer. You can find out immediately, and without a charge, whether there is a warrant for your arrest, as police officers can easily check their databases where this information will be found. If there is a warrant for your arrest, however, the officer can choose to arrest you immediately, and you will be responsible for the cost associated with the warrant. If being arrested isn’t something you are comfortable with then asking a police officer may not be the ideal choice.
Visit your courthouse
Avoiding being arrested immediately can be done by going to the courthouse in the district you believe the warrant was issued. A simple request at the appropriate courthouse will provide the information that you need, and most warrants for minor offenses will not lead to an immediate arrest. But if your warrant was not issued in your suspected area, problems could arise.
Use an online service
These websites let you see if you have any outstanding warrants against you anywhere in the US. You can easily access all of the relevant public databases online, and the cost is quite reasonable. Likewise, no one will know who you are when you browse it, so there is no chance of being arrested.
If you simply ignore the possibility that you may have warrants for your arrest they will catch up to you eventually by which time the fines and costs could be substantial. Be safe, check and see if you have a warrant out on you.