Do You Have an Outstanding Warrant?
While it might seem a silly question to some, you’d be surprised. Arrest warrants can be issued for things as innocuous as unpaid parking tickets, and are an incredibly serious matter. As such, it’s incredibly important to find out if you have one, and to understand what an arrest warrant entails.
What is an arrest warrant?
An arrest warrant is a document drafted by a court of law, which grants law enforcement with the ability to detain a specific person at any place or time. They’re usually drafted in cases wherein a person is suspected of a crime, or if that person could be an available witness for a high-level case.
Importantly, an arrest warrant doesn’t serve as proof of guilt. You may not have committed a crime, but an arrest warrant can still be created if police suspect you’ve done something illegal anyways. And, more importantly, the suspect is very rarely informed of the warrants existence. This means that even if you have an outstanding warrant in your name, you’re unlikely to know it.
How can I find out if I have an outstanding warrant?
While there are a plethora of methods to investigate this, the best and fastest is to simply utilize an online public records database. Online public records databases are websites with access to public records from all across America, including arrest warrants.
We prefer SpyFly and the speed of searching using their online tool. You can search for an active arrest warrant here. One of the best advantages about a website like SpyFly is their confidentiality. If you were to try to find your warrant through a local court, or by contacting a sheriff’s department, there is no law preventing them from tipping off a patrolling officer of your location, and subsequently arresting you. SpyFly, however, does not alert any agencies of your search, while supplying you with a digital copy of your warrant.
Another great advantage is the speed of SpyFly. While a county clerk can take weeks to find your warrant, SpyFly takes moments. Not only that, but it can be accessed from a mobile phone, allowing you to check for an arrest warrant while you’re on the go.
What should I do if I have an arrest warrant?
The one and only thing I will tell you to do is visit an attorney. Straight away, visit a lawyer who you can afford, and seek help. Many arrest warrants can be resolved peacefully, without you even having to be turned over to police custody.
Another important piece of advice is to comply with police officers. While you shouldn’t give yourself up, if you’ve been caught, don’t try to resist arrest. That will only worsen your odds in court, and can be dangerous as well if police believe you to be a threat.
SpyFly provides consumers affordable, immediate access to public record information. Federal laws prohibit businesses from using SpyFly’s service to make decisions about employment, insurance, consumer credit, tenant screening, or for any other purpose subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 USC 1681 et seq.