What to do if you have an arrest warrant

What is an arrest warrant?

An arrest warrant is simply when you don’t show up in court. When you have an appointment or the judge has asked you to appear in court.

Examples of how you can have an arrest warrant:

  • You're driving
  • You get pulled over by police
  • You were driving without a license
  • The police give you a summons to appear in court because you were driving without a license.
  • You forget and you do not appear in court
  • The summons becomes an arrest warrant

Recuerde que manejar sin licencia en el estado de California es un delito penal. 

Discussion at home with your wife
  • You have a disagreement at home with your wife, your partner or your children
  • You argue with your wife and she wants to hit you
  • You stop her and then you throw her to bed and she falls
  • Then you leave the house
  • You didn't hit her but she or the neighbors call the police
  • A police report is made and filed
  • The prosecutor is the one who decides to place an arrest warrant against you
  • In this case the prosecutor may decide to place the arrest warrant because you threw your wife on the bed
  • The warrant will be created when the prosecutor files a case against the person and submits the arrest warrant
The order can be made without you being present and without your wife bringing charges against you.
You Have Some Drugs In your Possession and Police Pull You Over
  • You're driving
  • You get pulled over by police
  • You have drugs in your possession
  • The police see / find the drugs
  • You are arrested by police
  • And in order to leave, the prosecutor can ask you to pay a bond
  • You pay the bail to leave
  • You get out of jail
  • You have a court date
  • You miss the court date
  • You will likely be issued a warrant for your arrest because you did not appear in court

Consequences of not taking action when you have an arrest warrant

If you ignore the fact that you have an arrest warrant, you will be arrested immediately by police, making your case more difficult.

You’re driving and a cop stops you
  • You have an arrest warrant
  • You're driving
  • The police stop you because your car light is not working
  • They ask for your license
  • They have your information
  • The policeman runs your record and sees in his system that you have an arrest warrant
  • At that moment he can arrest you

When you provide your license / data to the police, he will do a check of your record to ensure that you have nothing pending

You go to court for a civil or family matter
  • You didn't fix an outstanding warrant
  • You go to court for a family matter
  • When you go to court they process your name
  • The system shows a warrant for your arrest
  • At that time they can arrest you
The biggest consequence of failing to fix an arrest warrant:

You are putting your freedom at risk and you can be arrested in any contact you have with the police or any law enforcement officer.

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