Walking around, not knowing if you could be arrested at any moment, is uncomfortable. It can be difficult to enjoy everyday activities while thinking that law enforcement may be looking for you. Read on to learn what steps you can take if you are unsure there is a warrant out for you.
What is a Warrant?
A warrant is a document that authorizes law enforcement to conduct a search or arrest. A judge usually issues warrants, which must be signed by the person requesting the search or arrest.
Arrest Warrant vs. Bench Warrant
There are three types of warrants — search, arrest, and bench. Typically, an arrest or bench warrant can lead to an immediate arrest.
An arrest warrant is paperwork issued by a judge or magistrate that authorizes law enforcement to arrest a specific person for suspicion of committing a crime. The warrant must include the name of the person to be arrested, as well as the charge against them.
A judge or magistrate can also issue a bench warrant. This document allows law enforcement to arrest a person who failed to appear in court. The warrant must also include the name of the person to be arrested and the charge against them.
Do I Have a Warrant?
If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you should go to Wisconsin’s Circuit Court Access website. This online database has Wisconsin state court records including bench warrants.
If you see that a bench warrant is out for your arrest, that means law enforcement can arrest you at any point. While it’s best to eventually turn yourself in to authorities, you should not do so without proper legal representation.
The Law Offices of Jason D. Baltz has successfully helped countless clients deal with outstanding warrants throughout Wisconsin. Protect your rights and let us help with your case. Contact us online or by phone to get started. (414) 375-0797