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What Should I Do If There's An Arrest Warrant Out For Me In Texas?

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Protect your rights and freedom. If there is a warrant for your arrest, consult an attorney.

An "arrest warrant," commonly known as a "warrant of arrest" or simply a "warrant," is a written directive issued by a judge or magistrate granting the police the authority to apprehend an individual. It can be issued for misdemeanor and felony charges, as well as administrative violations. Due to the potential escalation of unpaid traffic tickets into arrest warrants, a considerable number of typically law-abiding Texans find themselves facing such warrants.

Having a warrant for arrest does not automatically imply guilt for a crime. However, it is crucial to address the warrant in order to prevent additional penalties. Remembering that each case is unique, and available options for resolving warrants may vary. When handled right, some people may be able to avoid arrest entirely.

The following information provides general guidance about what to do if you have a warrant and may not be applicable in all scenarios. If you have an active arrest warrant in Montgomery County, get information tailored to your specific circumstances. Consult an experienced Texas criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Dealing with Texas warrants

In various communities across Texas, such as Conroe, The Woodlands, and Willis, individuals have the option to check the Sheriff's Office online to determine if they have any outstanding warrants. Although these databases are typically kept reasonably current, for the most precise evaluation of your warrant status, it is advisable to reach out to the local police and request a warrant search. It is important to note that if a warrant has been issued for your arrest, a police officer can apprehend you without requiring probable cause.

Here are several common methods to address warrants in Texas:

  • Pay fines and penalties. By paying the associated fees, you can potentially avoid being incarcerated. Generally, individuals who appear in person to resolve a warrant for a minor offense are not immediately arrested.
  • Establish a payment plan. If you are unable to pay the fines and fees in full, a judge may permit you to set up a payment plan. Some judges also allow individuals to fulfill their fines, or a portion of them, through community service.
  • Request a court date. You can contact the court to schedule a date to appear before a judge and resolve your warrant.
  • Hire an attorney. Engaging the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney in Montgomery County is critical. A skilled attorney can safeguard your freedom by working with the court system, addressing your warrants, and potentially seeking dismissal of your charges. Additionally, a lawyer can explore avenues to reduce fines and court costs. Importantly, they can represent you in court.
  • Turn yourself in. Before contacting a warrant officer to make arrangements, it is advisable to consult with an attorney for guidance.
  • Make bail. Whether through cash payment or with the help of a bail bondsman, posting bail can eliminate your warrant. This action will result in a court date being scheduled to address the charges against you.

Remember, it is essential to consider seeking personalized legal advice tailored to your specific circumstances.

Why you need an attorney for outstanding warrants

If you have forgotten to pay a ticket or appear for a court date, there is a possibility that you have an outstanding warrant issued in your name. Having a warrant puts you at risk of being arrested, facing jail time, and having your driver's license suspended. In such a situation, it is highly advisable to seek the assistance of an attorney promptly.

For more than 10 years, The Webb Firm, P.C. has been vigorously defending individuals in Montgomery County and beyond against a wide range of charges, including theft, fraud, burglary, drug offenses, assault, DWI, sex offenses, and more. Led by attorney Amanda Webb, a former assistant district attorney, our firm possesses valuable insider knowledge of the prosecution's tactics and is skilled at dismantling seemingly impenetrable state cases. To learn more about how we can help you, contact our Conroe, TX office today for a free consultation.

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