Having a warrant out for your arrest can be distressing. While no one plans to get arrested, it’s good to equip yourself with the knowledge of what needs to be done in case you find yourself in a sticky situation.
How to Pay Bail on Outstanding Warrants
In most circumstances, you cannot be arrest without a warrant for your arrest being issued first. There are some notable exceptions to this rule, such as a police officer personally witnessing the crime, or to prevent the person in question from causing physical harm to themselves, others, or property. Also note that, if there is a warrant issued against you, some state “No Bail” directly on them, meaning you will be unable to post. Serious charges, such as felonies, will also likely not have an option for bail.
If you warrant allows bail, you have options. Most people utilize bail bond services to keep them out of jail. Bail Bond agencies can post a surety bond on your behalf in order to keep you on the streets. Your warrant will be rescinded and you will receive a date to appear in court. You can also turn yourself in to law enforcement. Call the court with you case number to determine your options. Specific cases allow you to “post and forfeit’, meaning the warrant will be recalled, closing the case. Keep in mind that if you pay bail with cash, your court fees may be higher.
Outstanding Warrants with No Bail Set
If there is no bail set, you still have choices. An accused can turn themselves into law enforcement, resulting in either being released on their own recognizance, or remaining in jail until it is determined whether you are eligible for bail. You may also a hearing by being placed on the walk-in warrant calendar, though this is not always available. Showing up when your original case was to be heard can prove beneficial here, as you can request to be placed on the hearing docket. Bail may be set during this time, which can be paid normally or with a bail bondsman.