The Things You Need To Know About Warrants And Arrests

It is the duty of the law enforcement agencies to arrest the persons who have committed a crime or those suspected of committing a criminal activity, file charges against them and get them sentenced. Such efforts of theirs are aimed towards making United States a peaceful and safe place to live for its residents.

Citizens of this country need to have more knowledge about the matters related to arrests and warrants, so they know how they should act if they or their near and dear ones end up on the wrong side of law after committing any wrongdoing.

Firstly people need to know about outstanding warrants. An outstanding warrant is a kind of warrant that was issued months or years ago by the court and still continues to be valid as the person against whom the warrant was issued has not yet been caught or has not surrendered himself at a jail or appeared at a court for his offence. Such a warrant can be issued if a person fails to appear in a court as a defendant for some criminal charge or as a witness and he gets declared as a fugitive. The said person faces the risk of getting arrested any time even if the outstanding warrant has been issued against him years ago.

Information about an outstanding warrant against a person is needed by the potential employers while hiring an employee as they want to perform a background check on him. The information may be needed by the person himself or by his family members, friends or his attorney. People can view information on outstanding warrants on the website of the court, Sheriff or Police Department. They can find it by filling first and second name of the concerned person in the search option. If the information is not available on the website of the concerned agency, one needs to visit their office in-person for obtaining it.

Alternatively people can view the information in the third party websites by putting in their full name, city, state or approximate age in the search option. These sites either let people find the information for free or charge some fee for it.

A police officer cannot arrest a person just because he feels the said person did some crime. He needs to have some evidence with him which can establish that the person did indulge in some criminal activity which warrants his arrest. For this he needs to meet the witnesses who saw the person committing crime and obtain more information in this regard or investigate things on his own. He has to put such information before the court so it feels the need for his arrest. Only when the court issues a warrant for the person, only then a police officer can proceed to arrest him.

The police officer would seek permission from the court to perform checking at the person’s house or check him physically to find out any evidence that can be used for establishing the charge against the person.

After the person is arrested by the police, he will be kept in jail for producing him in the court for his arraignment. The person will be photographed and his fingerprints and other biometric information would be obtained for documentation and informational purposes. Then the person will be produced in the court where he will be charged for his offence. It is for the court to decide whether it instructs the person charged for crime to apply for bond for his release or sentence him for his offence.

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