In many cases, a person does not know about a warrant until they are pulled over for a traffic violation and the officer runs their ID through the system.
Why Might You Have a Warrant Issued?
Some of the most common reasons to find that you have a warrant issued for your arrest in the state of Texas include the following:
- Failure to appear
- Identity theft
- Suspected of being involved in a crime
- Violation of probation
How Can You Learn If You Have an Outstanding Warrant in Texas?
Now that we’ve discussed some of the common reasons a warrant for your arrest might be issued by a Texas court, we need to discuss how you can go about learning if there is a warrant out there. Actually, there are several ways you can do this.
- Court Clerk’s Office-Contact the clerk’s office for the jurisdiction and court level you think you have a warrant for. For example, the District Clerk is the clerk that handles felonies and the County Clerk handles misdemeanors.
- Law Enforcement Agency-Contact the law enforcement agency that you think you have a warrant in. For example, Sheriffs Office, Police Department, or Constable’s Office.
- Judicial Records Website-Many counties now have judicial records search options on their websites to search for warrants.
- Public search websites-there are numerous websites that offer public searches for warrants.
What to Do If You Have a Warrant
If you learn that you do have a warrant for your arrest, you must take immediate action. If your warrant is for a felony or misdemeanor you should find out if a bond has already been set and get the money together to pay bond. If no bond has been set you will need to be arraigned by a magistrate to have your bond set, which means you will have to turn yourself in. You will still need to arrange to have bond money available.
Get in touch with the Law Offices of Sharita Blacknall for a free consultation. Call us at 214-678-9111.