Texas Warrants – Harris County Criminal Attorney
Do you have a warrant issued for your arrest? What is a warrant, anyway? Essentially, a warrant is a legal document that authorizes the authorities to do something. There are many types of warrants that accomplish a variety of things.
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One of the most common is an arrest warrant. This is issued by a judge against you if you are accused of a crime. It allows the police to legally detain you to initiate the legal process; it does not mean you are guilty.
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Interestingly, many people who have warrants out for their arrest do not even know about it.
Types of Warrants in Texas
- Arrest Warrant
This type of warrant authorizes the police to arrest you on site. The judge is the issuer of an arrest warrant. You could have an arrest warrant issued for you for many reasons. A valid arrest warrant only may be issued if a judge believes there is probable cause for arrest. They also must be issued based upon a police affidavit.
One of the most common reasons is simply failure to appear in court. For that type of violation, the police may not even actively look for you. Instead, if you are stopped for a traffic violation, they will run your name and see if there are any warrants out for you. In that situation, you could be detained on an arrest warrant. Other types of arrest warrants are more serious, and the police will actively look for you.
- Bench Warrant
This type of warrant authorizes you to be arrested immediately and on sight. The most common reason for a bench warrant being issued is for contempt of court, which is also known as failure to appear. Bench warrants are often issued in criminal cases, but they can be issued for civil matters, too.
- Search Warrant
When the police have a search warrant, this does not always mean you will be arrested, but it is possible. A search warrant allows the police to search and seize property for evidence. If the police believe there is a reasonable suspicion of criminal actions, police may be able to get a search warrant from a judge to search your home, car or person. Without a search warrant, conducting such searches is unconstitutional.
Do You Have Warrants?
An attorney is very useful in finding out if there are any warrants against you. Warrant records differ depending upon the location. Warrant records only show in the jurisdiction where the alleged crime occurred.
For example, if you live the Houston area, you can search for your warrant on the Harris County website. But if you have a warrant in another jurisdiction, it is very possible that you will not know about it.
We can help you to find out if there is a warrant out for your arrest in another jurisdiction.
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