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Warrants are an important part of the criminal justice system, and while they are relatively simple to understand in general, the variety of warrants and how they operate can often be the source of some confusion. Because of this, Bail Unit Bail Bonds Inc. has compiled the following guide to help you understand what warrants are, what kinds of warrants exist, and how Bail Unit Bail Bonds Inc. can help you deal with outstanding warrants.

What is a Warrant?

Warrants are essentially a form of authorization whereby a judge may command someone to perform an act that would otherwise be illegal. Moreover, a warrant guarantees that the person executing the warrant cannot be held liable from any damages that follow from the commanded act. Most often, a judge issues a warrant to direct law enforcement officials to perform a variety of acts.

Types of Warrants

While numerous forms of warrants exist, the two kinds of warrants that are typically of most interest to our clients are search warrants and arrest warrants.

Search Warrants

Search warrants authorize law enforcement officials to search a person or location and seize any items or information that might be used as evidence of a crime. Such warrants are necessary in jurisdictions—such as the United States—with a rule of law and right to privacy, as law enforcement officials conducting such a search or seizing evidence would otherwise be breaking the law. Of course, it is technically not always necessary for the police to acquire a warrant before searching a person or location, as exemptions do exist for situations such as hot pursuit, emergency searches, and imminent destruction of evidence.

Much of the thinking and practice related to search warrants in the United States is directly related to the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which states that:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.”

As such, search warrants must be specific as to what place is to be searched and the objective of the search. Additionally, law enforcement officers must be able to prove probable cause and sufficient evidence before a judge may issue a warrant.

Search warrants are unnecessary in the event that someone provides his consent for law enforcement officials to search or seize any property under his control. They are also unnecessary when evidence is in plain view, which is to say that a law enforcement officer may legitimately observe evidence that is clearly contraband. Finally, a law enforcement officer may, without a warrant, search the immediate premises upon making an arrest.

Arrest Warrants

As their name suggests, arrest warrants authorize law enforcement officials to arrest and detain an individual suspected of a crime. More specifically, in the United States an arrest warrant must be accompanied by an affidavit stating that a specific crime has been committed and that the suspect named in the warrant has committed the crime.

Arrest warrants may be broken down further into several related but distinct subcategories. One form of arrest warrant is known as a “mittimus,” which is simply a writ issued by the court that orders a law enforcement official to deliver a person to jail. A more serious form of arrest warrant is known as a “Bench Warrant,” which authorizes the immediate arrest of an individual. Bench warrants are typically issued in the event that a suspect has either been found in contempt of court or fled from a court appearance to escape punishment for a crime. Finally, an “outstanding arrest warrant” is simply an arrest warrant that has not yet been served, and the existence of such a warrant may inhibit a suspect’s ability to perform tasks such as acquiring a passport or driver’s license.

Assistance with Warrants

No matter the warrant amount, it remains a hard fact that warrants do not simply disappear with time. A warrant issued for the arrest of a suspected criminal will not vanish until that warrant has been executed. By not taking care of warrants sooner than later, the possibility remains that a warrant may reemerge and create some considerable difficulties in the future, perhaps at an unexpected moment like a random traffic stop. It is strictly advisable that anyone with an outstanding warrant should clarify his situation as quickly as possible.

Bail Unit Bail Bonds Inc. is perfectly placed to deal with clients wishing to turn themselves in so that they can resolve their outstanding warrants. By working with Bail Unit Bail Bonds before you turn yourself in, you can ensure that your paperwork is complete and you know full well what to expect when you reach the booking desk. Moreover, Bail Unit Bail Bonds can make a booking desk aware of your situation and that you intend to post bail, removing any confusion or uncertainty from the whole process. Ultimately, by calling Bail Unit Bail Bonds you can stand to dramatically reduce the time involved in the booking and release process.

Contact Us at 877.224.5177 or by email Contact Bail Unit Bail Bonds so we can help you in the case you have an outstanding warrant.

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