Law enforcement agents cannot possibly be present whenever someone commits a crime, or even be there shortly after the crime allegedly takes place. In many incidents, police officers only catchword that someone allegedly committed a crime well after the fact. When this happens, the officers or agents may ask a criminal court to grant them a felony warrant.
Warrants permit the police to seek someone out and place them under arrest for the suspicion of a crime they allegedly committed. A felony warrant is simply a warrant issued for a suspected felony crime. Indeed, many warrants are felony warrants since there is more motivation for a law enforcement officer to catch an alleged felon than someone who may have committed a low-level misdemeanor.
Depending on the situation, the law enforcement agency that obtained the warrant may try to contact the person named in the warrant. By making them aware that there is an active felony warrant in their name, it might convince that person to turn themselves in, which will expedite the entire process and can even put them in a favorable light. However, if the police think the person may try to escape arrest, they are probably not going to let them know the warrant exists until they have the individual directly in front of them.
You should also know that there are no expiration dates on felony warrants. As soon as a judge issues a warrant, it exists legally until the person named in the warrant is arrested.
What to Do If You Have a Warrant in Your Name
Have you been notified one way or another that there is a felony warrant out for your arrest? You will be in an understandably frightening situation. Knowing law enforcement agents – possibly even federal agents – want to put you in handcuffs is intimidating. It is crucial you do not panic and try to run away.
The first thing you should do is talk to a Temecula criminal defense attorney from Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich. We can advise you about the next best course of action, which will likely be turning yourself into a police station but with our legal professionals by your side. This will give you an immediate advantage in your case, or possibly even remove any implication that you have done anything wrong at all.
There is no time to lose if you have already been notified of a felony warrant in your name. Call (951) 506-6654 at once.