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What to Know About Turning Yourself In for an Outstanding Warrant

By Joel Hancock

Sometimes good people can make poor decisions. Maybe you have found yourself in such a situation and now there is a warrant out for your arrest. Now you are left with the decision of whether you should turn yourself in or wait until the police catch you. Though it is not uncommon to receive a bond and get out of custody while your attorney deals with the matter, this is not always the case. One of the most significant factors for whether you will, in fact, receive a bond is how long the warrant was outstanding. However, the court will also take into consideration whether or not you turned yourself in to take responsibility for your actions. 

Should you fail to turn yourself in and allow the police to catch you, there is a high probability that they will catch you when you are in the act of committing some other minor violation such as speeding. This would then put you in a situation in which you now have two different legal issues pending. 

Before Turning Yourself In for an Outstanding Warrant

Before you make any definitive moves, it is usually a good idea to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney. You may also consider reaching out to a bail bondsman should you be given a bond at the time of your arrest. You need to accept that there is a possibility that you will not receive a bond in which case bond hearings occur in front of a judge after you have been arraigned. Sometimes it may take a few days for your attorney to be able to get you on the court’s docket. 

If you are residing in a state other than the one in which the warrant was issued, you may be in custody longer, as you will need to be transported back to the state of the warrant. This could take a bit of time, a few days to even weeks. 

U.S. military members should immediately contact the individual who is their command. This person can help during the process of turning yourself in. 

Another factor to take into consideration prior to turning yourself in is whether it is a holiday that occurs on a Friday or a Monday or if it is a weekend. If you decide to turn yourself in at one of these times and you do not receive a bond, you could find yourself in custody until the following weekday that the court is back open. 

Though we don’t want to have to face things we aren’t looking forward to, ignoring your outstanding warrant isn’t going to help resolve the problem; in fact, it may serve to make it more complicated. 

Hancock Law Firm Helps Those with Outstanding Warrants in North Carolina

If you believe that there is a warrant out for your arrest, you can confirm that belief by searching the outstanding warrants lists provided by each city. If you or a loved one is facing an outstanding warrant, you should be sure that you have someone with your best interest at heart to help you. At Hancock Law Firm, PLLC, we understand the significance of such a situation and will help you to move forward. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!

About the Author
Joel Hancock is a native of Carteret County, NC. He devotes 100% of his practice to defending those accused of traffic infractions, DWI, misdemeanors, and felonies in Carteret County, NC.