iStock_000059018706_LargeIf you have committed a crime, you may have been associated with an arrest warrant. An arrest warrant is an official document that is signed by a judge that authorizes a police officer to arrest the person or people named in the warrant. They will usually say what crime was committed in which the arrest is taking place. Some warrants will specify different things, such as when an arrest can be made or what bail should be posted before the defendant regains freedom. Now you can find out all about arrest warrants and how they work.

How do the police obtain an arrest warrant?

A written affidavit may be submitted by police to a judge when an arrest warrant is wanted. The affidavit must contain factual information that establishes probable cause. A description is not permitted to be too broad. If there is incorrect information in an arrest warrant, the police should show the warrant to the suspect. The suspect’s name may have been simply misspelled or some other small mistake. If the suspect is able to prove that the officer has the wrong person, then the officer should not proceed to fulfill the warrant (Berman).

What is the difference between an arrest warrant and a bench warrant?

You should know that an arrest warrant and a bench warrant are not the same thing. An arrest warrant is issued by the judge when somebody commits a crime. On the other hand, a bench warrant is issued by a judge for the arrest of a person because they failed to appear at a required court hearing. It allows police officers to arrest the suspect at their own residence, place of work, or anywhere else they are seen.

Why is there a warrant out for my arrest?

Because, simply, you probably committed a crime unless it can be proven otherwise. There are a variety of reasons why an arrest warrant may have been issued such as being a suspect in a rape case, murder case, theft case, breaking and entering case, abduction case, smuggling case, or grand theft auto case. Whenever an officer notices you walking or driving around and there is a warrant out for your arrest, they can take you into custody. It does not matter what you are doing at the time. However, you should know that outstanding arrest warrants are special kinds that have yet to be served by law enforcement officials, and there are hundreds of thousands of these out across the country today.

What if I didn’t commit a crime but there is an arrest warrant anyway?

The answer to this question is simple: identity theft. There are many identity thieves across the country, where others are stealing people’s identity without them finding out and committing crimes in their name. Once the crime is committed and the suspect is identified, the arrest warrant will be issued. Sometimes that warrant is issued, then, to the wrong person. These are tough situations to avoid.

Is there a warrant out for your arrest? Did you commit a crime or were blamed for a crime that you didn’t commit? Then you may want to seek the legal help of a trusted attorney that will work on your side. At The Law Office of Peter Blair, we will fight for you. Call today to find out more!