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


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.

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