If my friend has a bench warrant for an old ticket and is trying to get a state ID from the DMV, will they be arrested when they go to apply?

State of residence is Hawaii

Asked on April 19, 2017 under Criminal Law, Hawaii

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If your friend has an outstanding warrant for her arrest, she should consult directly with a criminal defense attorney to get the matter squared away ASAP; she'll have t deal with the warrant and the underlying charge. As far as being arrested when she tries to get a new identification card at her local DMV, the chances of your freind being arrested are probably be pretty slim since the DMV is not a law enforcement entity, so its capable of arresting anyone. Further, I doubt that the DMV would have access to the criminal online system to know if there is an outstanding warrant against her in the first place. Yet, again, she should seek legal counsel on this matter.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.