I have learned that there is a warrant out for my arrest in MA. What does this mean and what should I do?
An arrest warrant is a court order that allows law enforcement officials to take a named person into custody. There are two reasons that arrest warrants are issued: (1) charges have been filed against you either through a criminal complaint or an indictment; or (2) you did not show up in court when you were required to do so.
Ignoring an arrest warrant will not make it disappear, so if you have learned that there is a warrant for your arrest, do not panic yet but take action right away. Any traffic stop or encounter with police can lead to you going to jail. Especially in the days of the Internet, it is likely that you will be found because law enforcement agencies throughout the United States are now connected with respect to things like outstanding arrest warrants.
The time and manner in which you respond to this warrant can make an enormous difference in your case. Judges tend to look more approvingly on those who come forward on their own to address their previous mistakes. If the warrant was issued because of your failure to appear in court when you were supposed to, then voluntarily returning to court is definitely your best bet because you are going to get picked up eventually anyways and the judge will likely be more sympathetic if the Commonwealth did not have to expend too much time and effort to find you.
The best way to address your outstanding warrant is to call a defense attorney who can ease the damage. A criminal lawyer will be able to set up a re-appearance in court and advocate on your behalf.
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If you have learned that there is a warrant out for your arrest, call an attorney who can help you. The criminal defense lawyers of Altman & Altman LLP are always happy to help. We will do our very best to minimize any damage that has been caused, and we will represent you aggressively all the way through. With decades of experience, we bring a lot to the table. Call us toll free at 617.492.3000 or 800.481.6199. You can reach us around the clock-24 hours a day, 7 days a week.