If I have a warrant out for me, what can I do?

It’s from several years ago but I don’t know if it’s for a felony or misdemeanor.

Asked on July 18, 2015 under Criminal Law, California


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Warrants do not expire so you should deal with this ASAP. The fact is that since felony charges may be involved, there is a strong probability that the authorities will come looking for you. Consequently, turning yourself in is the thing to do ; it will be in far better than having the police bring you in.

Additionally, even if the police don't actively search for you, it could be discovered on employment background check or if you are ever stopped by the police for just a traffic stop.

At this point, you need to consult directly with a criminal defense attorney who pratices in the area of where the warrant was issued. They can further advise you.

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