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Do I Have a Warrant for My Arrest in Mecklenburg County?

On behalf of Randall & Stump, PLLC in Criminal Defense on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

 

Getting arrested is a terrifying experience for anyone. Being placed in handcuffs and put into the back of a police car is highly unpleasant. If you’re concerned you might be under investigation for a criminal offense, one question you might ask yourself is, “is there a warrant for my arrest?”

If you’re concerned about a possible warrant, the Charlotte criminal defense attorneys at Randall & Stump, PLLC can help. We can research any outstanding warrants and help you understand your options. To schedule a free consultation of your case, contact us today at (980) 237-4579.

Understanding Arrest Warrants

An arrest warrant is an official court document authorizing the police to arrest you for an alleged crime. When law enforcement believes that you have committed a crime, they present their case to a magistrate or judge. If the officer or detective can demonstrate that they have probable cause to believe you committed a criminal offense, the judge will issue an arrest warrant.

Once issued, the police will attempt to execute the warrant, meaning that they will arrest you. If you were unaware that there was a warrant out for your arrest, this can be quite a shock and cause a great deal of embarrassment.

Searching for Warrants in Mecklenburg County

In order to search for warrants in your name in Mecklenburg County, you can simply visit the Sheriff’s website and enter your first and last name. The search results will indicate whether or not there is a warrant for your arrest.

If you do have a warrant for your arrest, note that you can click on the result for more detail. The next screen will include your case number, the crime you are charged with, and the jurisdiction from which the warrant has been issued. You can also print out the warrant summary, which may be helpful if you decide to meet with an attorney.

Understanding the Limitations of Online Searches

It’s important to understand that warrants are issued from the county or city where you are alleged to have committed an offense. As a result, you need to be sure that you are searching in the appropriate county, which isn’t always easy to determine. Just because there is no pending arrest warrant in the county you think you’ve been charged in, doesn’t mean that there isn’t one out there, for another jurisdiction.

As a result, you may want to see if you can search online in other jurisdictions that you think may have issued a warrant for your arrest. You may find a number of websites that allow you to search multiple jurisdictions, but be aware that they are not official county or state government websites, even though they try to look like they are. Therefore, it’s difficult to say whether or not the search results will be accurate.

Why an Attorney is Important

If you are worried that there is a warrant out for your arrest, another option is to contact a criminal defense attorney. An experienced lawyer will know how to search for your warrant online, and in multiple jurisdictions. In addition, they likely have contacts at courthouses and various sheriffs’ offices that can help locate your warrant. A criminal defense attorney can probably perform a more exhaustive search more quickly than you can, which allows you to make a more informed decision about what to do.

Contact Randall & Stump, PLLC Today

An experienced North Carolina criminal defense attorney can help you face your situation, whether you’re unsure there is a warrant, or you need to know what to do next. At Randall & Stump, PLLC, we’ll make sure you understand your options and ensure you are treated fairly. More importantly, we’ll protect your legal rights and begin formulating an aggressive legal defense to the charges you’re facing. If you need to talk to a lawyer about your case, call us at (980) 237-4579, or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.