Different Ways Of Running A Free Arrest Warrant Search
Being caught unawares is one of the worst experiences, especially being found on the wrong side of the law. This can happen if you have no idea of your existing arrest warrant. Therefore, you need to know about all your existing arrest warrants, so you are not caught at your worst moment (there is no right moment for arrest actually).
The good news is you can run a free warrant search and save yourself from being arrested unawares. Keep reading to know how to do a free warrant search. Before that, let us have a brief look at what an arrest warrant is.
Definition of an Arrest Warrant
It is a document that a judge or magistrate issues to the police department for the purposes of authorizing the arrest of the person whom the police believes is a suspect in a criminal case. The document gives a law enforcement officer the right to arrest a person who has broken the law wherever and whenever they find the person.
The judge, or magistrate, produces the document once the police department presents sufficient evidence to the judge showing that the suspect is the most probable candidate for a particular crime.
The Different Ways of Running a Free Arrest Warrant Search
Below are various free ways of checking whether or not you have an arrest warrant.
Make a call:
Call your state, county, or city offices and ask them if there is a warrant for the person whose name you provide. Do not mention that you are the person. Simply give them a name (your name). Also, do not make the call using your own phone as the police can easily track you down if indeed you have an outstanding warrant. The police department can easily track down the number using the billing address of the phone number or the call signal. To be on the safe side, have someone else make the inquiry call on your behalf.
If you choose someone else to make the call, make sure you provide them with all your details including your official names, birth date, case number, and your social security number, if you have it at hand. Once you provide a specific office with all these details, they will give you an answer immediately since most information about criminal cases is public record. However, since some cases may not be public record, it is best to have an attorney or a bail bondsman search on your behalf.
Search on Government Websites:
If you are scared of calling, the next best option is to visit the official government website. Identifying the official government websites should not be a problem since most government sites end with .gov. To make the work easier for you, the government websites already have a search function for outstanding warrants. This is where you go and type in your details. Here’s the official government site for Washington State: https://www.doc.wa.gov/information/warrants/default.aspx
In some government sites, you will only have to type in your official name and wait for the warrant to come out if there is one. In other government websites, there will be a link. In these sites, the names of the persons with outstanding arrest warrants will come up once you click on the link. However, if you live in a relatively small town, this information may not be readily available to you.
The great thing with the websites is the anonymity factor associated with internet searches, and they are up to date.
Ask a Police Officer:
This is easy and more practical, but it is the most dangerous free way of checking if you have an outstanding warrant. By going to a police officer directly and asking them, you risk being arrested there and then if indeed there is a warrant out for your arrest. Therefore, you should only choose this option if you are courageous enough and are ready to be arrested.
In case you find out you have a warrant, make sure you consult your attorney before taking any action. Having a lawyer handle the warrant for you can save you from many troubles. Failure to take action once you find out you have an outstanding warrant can cause you unnecessary inconveniences. For instance, you risk being arrested the next time you encounter a law enforcement officer. Most of the times, this happens during the traffic stops when you least expect it.