How to Check for Warrants Online
Many people do not want to toil or meddle with police departments around the country to make an inquiry to see if they have a warrant. They fear arrest, harassment, intimidation, along with the many tricks police often seem to use against people. Most people who are checking for warrants online simply want to know what charges exist against them, the fine or bail amount, while being completely anonymous without any intimidation or harassment. Along with these things, most people have simple common sense and know if they show up at a police station to check for warrants, and if they have one, they will certainly be arrested.
Online warrant checking empowers the person with a warrant in the next steps that they can take. Some people simply want to find out the fine amounts and mail a payment into a police station or municipality. Others with more serious crimes may want to help their case and possibly even work in a self-surrender clause into a plea bargain agreement. Some may simply want to surrender to a police station at their convenience in order to prevent their autos from being towed, from officers arresting them at work, and wanting to avoid surprises. In all forms of arrest warrants, it is almost certain that a person will be arrested if an officer runs their information and finds active warrants for their arrest.
Checking for Warrants Online for Free
Of course anybody who is interested in finding out warrant information is often looking for the cheapest method available. As we all want to save money, finding out warrant information for free obviously interests all of us. It is very simple and easy to check for warrants completely free of charge by using the internet. For all ticket and fine related warrants, it is usually dealt with inside of the municipality (city) that the ticket was issued. Many cities have web sites dedicated to them and even have payment setups available online. You can simply access the payment area and enter your information and often it will relay if a warrant exists or not. Simple fines for infractions such as speeding and registration are also easily handled by calling the number on the ticket. There is no massive detective work involved with these petty issues, and cities want people to take care of the warrants as much as the individual with the warrant. This is because the city will gain revenue for citations and arrests and short jail time from the person with the ticket will work at a loss against the city budget.
For more serious crimes warrant databases are dealt with on the county level. Many counties have automated web sites with active warrant databases available online. These databases are often completely free of charge for anybody to use. You can perform searches based on last and first names, and often not only find criminal convictions, but warrants as well. If you are unable to access a specific county database, you can also make a phone call to a county sheriff's office and specify a name and birth date in order to find out warrant information. If you are paranoid, you can do this through a pay phone or a prepaid cellular phone. You do not have to give out any personal information on the phone call. Please bear in mind that many sheriff's departments will ask you to come in with identification to check for a warrant, and if one comes back as active, you will be arrested.
If you Find an Warrant in your Online Search
For petty issues such as speeding tickets or small crimes, often these types of warrants can be handled through simple payment of the fine assigned. Some people rather than paying a fine, will find out how much their fine is, and surrender themselves at 9pm at a police station in order to get full credit for the day. This will often lead to $100 to $150 of the fine (dependent on county) to be resolved. If an individuals' warrant fine is $275 and the amount the county takes off the fine for each day of incarceration is $150, then a person turning themselves in at 9pm, will stay in jail for approximately 27 hours.
If you find out that you have a warrant for a serious crime or felony, it is best to consult a lawyer immediately about your situation. At the very least, hire an attorney for the plea process and try to leverage self-surrender as part of the plea bargain. This would be directed by your attorney and will often give you the best results for your case. Self-surrender often will give a person a lesser bail amount as the court will find that the defendant is willing to appear for their crimes, and less likely to become a fugitive.
Be sure in all online warrant searches to include the name of the county in concern and look for a warrant database. The results will often result in a free database that you can find warrants online with.
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