Searching for active arrest warrants
If you are attempting to do a free outstanding warrant search
, either on yourself, or someone else then here are a few tips that you might want to bear in mind.
As with most things in life, you might find that you are able to do an absolutely free warrant search by doing all the work yourself. That is if you have the time and patience to do it. You can reduce your workload significantly by using paid services to do the work for you. It's a lot faster and it doesn't need to cost you a fortune any more.
1. Don't ignore a warrant
Whatever you do, don't assume that a warrant will disappear if you ignore it for long enough. It won't go away, no matter how long it's been. Sooner or later they will catch up with you and arrest you. You will be much better off if you give yourself up before that happens.
2. Get yourself a lawyer
When you discover that you have an outstanding warrant the first thing that you should do is get a lawyer. You can handle the warrant without one if you must but you will be much better off if you let a professional guide you through the process.
3. Hand yourself in
Your lawyer will prepare and guide you through the process of handing yourself in and making sure that you do things in the best way for you. it is important that you hand yourself in voluntarily before you get arrested as this will show that you are trying to cooperate fully.
4. Search for outstanding warrants regularly
You can get an outstanding warrant at any time. You may not realize that you have one and you don't have to have done anything wrong to get one either. An outstanding warrant might even be the result of having your identity stolen. Checking regularly is the only way to pick up warrants as they happen.
5. Don't ask a cop
You might be tempted to do a very quick and easy free outstanding warrant check by calling at your local law enforcement office and asking. This strategy may not work if you are trying to search for someone else's warrants and if they find a warrant outstanding for you then they might just arrest you on the spot.
6. Take precautions to avoid identity theft
Identity theft is a big problem and it's getting worse. As many as 1 in 4 Americans may fall victim to this crime at some time in our lives. It makes sense to be careful with your personal information for all sorts of reasons and getting an unexpected warrant is one of them.
7. Avoid Bench Warrants
A bench warrant is generally avoidable. This is a warrant issued by the court when you fail to do something you were told to do. Always do what the court tells you to do.
8. Avoid Arrest Warrants
harder to avoid than Bench Warrants because you don't have to do anything wrong to get one. If you have committed an offence however then you are much more likely to get a warrant. Don't break the law.
9. Check for warrants at county and state level
Check both state and county records in the area where you are most likely to have warrants. Many authorities now publish arrest records on the web which should make your job a little easier.
10. Use free public records
Arrest warrants are public records which means that they are freely available to anyone who wants to see them. You can search through public records from across the nation using a web site that specializes in holding that information. This can be very helpful if you don't know where your outstanding warrants might be.
11. Bonus tip - Search outstanding warrants for anyone you want
When you use a public records web site you aren't limited to searching just for your own information. You can find out if someone else has warrants too. In fact, you can do a full background check on practically anyone you want. Why not do one on everyone you know? You might be surprised at what you find.