Outstanding Criminal Warrants in The State of Texas
There are many possible paths you can take when the state has an outstanding warrant for your arrest. In most cases, simply turning yourself in is not a good idea. But, you must act quickly, since you are subject to arrest at any time. Hiding out in your home or the home of a friend or relative is not a good option either, since law enforcement authorities are actively searching for you. Outstanding criminal warrants do not expire with time. They remain active until you are either arrested or other action is taken to lift the warrant. Eventually, you will be found. The good news is that the attorneys with Todd E. Tkach, P.C. have solutions for you! Even if you have outstanding criminal arrest warrants from months, or even years, we can help you with all of them. If you have become aware that you have an outstanding criminal warrant for your arrest, call us immediately for your free consultation.
Options for Lifting or Resolving Outstanding Warrants
There are many possible solutions to an outstanding criminal warrant. Before taking any action, you should seek the advice of a qualified criminal defense attorney to develop a plan to minimize your inconvenience. The first thing to know about any outstanding warrant is whether a bond has been set. A bond is an amount of money, as determined by the judge, that if provided to the county, will lift the warrant.
Warrants with Bond Amounts
If a bond amount has already been set, it may be possible to simply post the bond to be released from jail. This can be done either by posting the bond amount in cash, or by using a bail bondsman to post a surety bond. Using a bail bondsman includes making arrangements for the bail bondsman to post a surety bond. A bondsman will require a fee for their services and will need a lot of specific information about you to determine whether they want to risk posting a surety bond on your behalf. If bonding arrangements can be made prior to arrest, it can completely prevent arrest and jail book-in.
Warrants without Bond Amounts
Some outstanding criminal warrants do not have bond amounts set. These warrants pose more challenges. But, in many cases, there are options. The goal is to lift the warrant to avoid arrest and jail book-in. The best way to accomplish that goal is to get a bond set by the judge. This could possibly be accomplished in a number of different ways, depending on the county of the warrant and the criminal charge at issue.
In some counties, with some types of criminal charges, it is possible to file a writ, requesting that the judge set a bond amount. In that event, you can simply post a bond as discussed above. However, filing a writ does not guarantee that a bond amount will be set. Judges can refuse to set bonds, either because they view the Defendant as a flight risk or because they want to wait until the person is booked into jail and arraigned. The refusal to set a bond without jail book-in is usually because the judge wants the opportunity to evaluate the initial facts of the case, the criminal history of the person at issue and their financial means to post a bond. The judge may also want to impose other “conditions of bond,” which are requirements for the Defendant, such as periodically checking in with county probation, no alcohol, etc.
If a bond cannot be set, turning yourself in, unfortunately, is sometimes the only option. But some ways of doing this are better than others. After turning yourself in, you will be arrested and booked-in to a jail. The amount of time you stay in jail can vary widely depending on which jail you choose to turn yourself in. Some of the city jails may be good options, since some of them have preset times for video arraignments with a county judge, such as every 8 hours, or 12 hours, for example. But, if they don’t have video arraignments, then you will have to be transported to the county jail for arraignment, which could take days. You could also turn yourself in directly to a county jail, but in most counties, the “book-in” and “book-out” processes are very lengthy. Choosing the best jail for turning yourself in can make a big difference in the length of time you sit in jail pending release by bond.
We can help you with these decisions! Attorney Todd E. Tkach and the attorneys with Todd E. Tkach P.C. practice criminal defense law in all counties throughout the Dallas and Fort Worth metroplex and the North Texas area, and we’re familiar with the jails that will likely get you arraigned quickly. We handle all felony and misdemeanor cases, including charges for DWI, theft, guns, drugs, sex crimes, assaults, domestic violence and probation revocations. We never forget our goal of client satisfaction. We know that we can help you through this stressful time. Give us a call for a free consultation. Our fees are reasonable, and we offer easy payment plans.
If there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, put us to work for you from the very start. We will get your warrant lifted with the least amount of inconvenience to you. Put your trust in attorney Todd E. Tkach, and you can rest assured that you have made the right choice.