What Happens When A Warrant Is Issued For Your Arrest

If you are in situations where a warrant has been issued for your arrest, here is what is going to happen to you.

#1 Charges Will Be Issued

Charges can be issued against you before you are even arrested. For example, if you are involved in stealing PIN numbers and using that to steal people's financial information, after an investigation, charges can be brought against you and then a warrant can be issued for your arrest.

A warrant is generally issued for your arrest following charges being brought against you when you leave the scene of an accident or crime or when further investigation is needed to determine if any charges should be brought.

#2 The Police Will Get In Touch

Second, once charges are brought against you, the police will try to get in touch with you. Generally, if you are not considered a threat to others, the police may try to call you or send you a letter to let you know that charges have been brought against you and that you need to turn yourself in.

If the police cannot get ahold of you on the phone, they may track you down and serve you with a warrant for your arrest. Depending on the case, they may then arrange for you to set up a time to turn yourself in or they may arrest you on the spot and take you in.

#3 Being Processed

Third, after the police arrest you or you turn yourself in, you will be taken down to the police station and you will be processed. At this time, the normal steps are for your fingerprints to be taken, followed by your picture being taken and paperwork being filled out.

At this point in time, you should be able to contact your attorney. Generally, you will be held at the police station until you can attending a hearing. A hearing should take place within a day or so of your arrest. You should be able to discuss your case with your attorney before you appear before a judge.

#4 Appearing In Court

Finally, you will appear in court. In court, all the charges against you will be reviewed and the judge will make sure that you understand the charges that you are facing. This is generally when you have to enter your plea to the charges that you are presented with. This is also when the judge decides if you will be released, held in custody, or if you will need to post bail. 

For more information about what happens and how to protect yourself when you are arrested, contact a law firm such as Chichester Law Office.