Do warrants expire after a certain period of time?


Asked on September 25, 2016 under Criminal Law, New York


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, warrants do not expire; they don't just fall off of a criminal history record. Therefore, your warrant will remain active until you go back to the court where it was issued. At that point, you'll need to handle both the the warrant and the underlying charge. You really should consult directly with a local criminal defense attorney for further advice. Until you do, the warrant will show up in employment background checks. Also, if you are stopped for a simple speeding ticket, you could be taken into custody and, depending on just what the warrant was for, extradited back to the issuing state.

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