If you find out that you have a warrant out for your arrest, the last thing you want to do is start thinking of ways that you can stay on the run. In fact, many people who have a warrant out for their arrest don’t even know it and aren’t on the run at all. There are generally ways that you can fix this without making the situation worse and, in many cases, without even spending a night in jail.
Contact the Authorities
Nobody has a general warrant out for their arrest. The warrant will have been issued by a given authority. For example, you may have a warrant for your arrest out in a given county, in a city or, in the worst-case scenario, a federal warrant. If the warrant for your arrest is for something minor, don’t expect a nightmare when you go into fix it. Most of the time, all it takes is money.
Contact the authority that issued the warrant and tell them that you want to resolve the warrant. This will generally involve paying any fines you have outstanding and, in some cases, paying late fees and other fees to resolve the warrant. After that, the warrant may be eliminated and you may be free to go on your way. You may also be given a court date and you want to make absolutely certain that you make it to that court date or they’re just going to issue another warrant and they’re going to be a lot more serious about it this time.
You may want to keep an eye out for amnesty events. Law enforcement agencies sometimes hold these for people who have warrants out and who genuinely want to resolve them but who are afraid of the penalties. With these events, law enforcement is sometimes able to waive the fees and other burdens on the people who have warrants out, allowing the whole thing to be taken care of in something of a win/win situation.
If You’re Jailed
You may end up getting thrown in jail if you have outstanding warrants. Don’t confuse this with getting thrown in prison. If you’re thrown in jail, it’s generally because they expect you to stay there until your court date rolls around. If the charge is minor, however, it’s very likely that they’re going to allow you to post bail. If you can’t afford the bail, contact the bail bondsman and they can put up a surety bond for a small percentage of the total bail required.