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What Are the Different Types of Warrants?


    An arrest warrant is a signed document issued by a competent officer, typically a judge or magistrate, which gives police officers or law enforcement the right to arrest an individual or the people who are identified in the warrant.

    How Can a Warrant Be Issued?

    types of warrantsA written affidavit must be submitted to a judge or magistrate normally by the police officer. The affidavit is written under oath and must contain factual information that leads the judge or magistrate to assume the person named in the document likely committed a crime. The warrant must be specific enough so not to indict a broad range of potential suspects.

    The last point is important. A warrant would not and should not be issued for a vague description of a person who, for example, stole something from someone’s house. The information contained in the warrant must be convincing and detailed enough to lead the judge or magistrate to act with a level of certainty in signing the warrant.

    Types of Arrest Warrants

    There are three main types of arrest warrants that could be issued:

    warrants for arrestCivil Warrants

    This is typically issued when a defendant does not comply with court procedures or misses their court appearance all together. An example would be someone who fails to pay court ordered child support.

    Criminal Warrants

    This is reserved for criminal acts, which can include failing to appear before the court. A clearer example is if police have video evidence of this suspect dealing drugs and they submit for a warrant.

    Bench Warrant

    This occurs when someone is given a summons to appear in court. A traffic ticket, for instance, can be the reason they have been summoned. If the individual fails to appear on the scheduled date, then a bench warrant is issued.

    Other Types of Warrants

    A few other types of warrants include:

    Search Warrants

    This gives permission for police or law enforcement to search a premises for evidence of a crime.

    Alias Warrant

    This is when the individual fails to make a scheduled appearance in court prior to a plea being entered. Failing to appear becomes another charge.

    Capias Warrant

    After a subject has been found guilty, if they fail to pay the fine associated with the guilty verdict, or otherwise fail to comply with the conditions of the verdict, a capias warrant is issued. Paying the fine or remaining in jail to earn the credit is the only way this warrant can be issued.

    Fugitive Warrant

    This issued when a subject is thought to be in a local jurisdiction outside of the state the warrant was issued or the where the original crime was committed.

    Civil Capias Warrant

    This is issued when a subject repeatedly does not comply with conditions or a judge’s orders.

    Governor’s Warrant

    This comes straight from the governor to the suspect to bring them back to the state in which they committed the crime.

    Telephonic Arrest Warrant

    This is issued using the same process for obtaining an arrest warrant, however the only difference is that the police or law official communicates this contents of the warrant over telephone or some electronic device.

    Ramey Warrant

    This is a situation in which law enforcement obtains a warrant by skipping the attorney general and going straight to the judge.

    John Doe Warrant

    This is when a warrant is issued for a subject without knowing their name.

    How to Clear Warrants with a Bail Bonds Service

    The only way a warrant can be cleared is to appear in court. However, a bail bond agent can get a court date set without you having to appear in court. You will eventually need to face up to the order, but this gives you time to prepare.

    PCS Bail Bonds is well educated on all types of bonds and can assist you or your loved one should some problem occur or a condition been breached. Contact us now if you have any questions about warrants or anything to do with bail bonds or the court process.

    Author: Paul Schuder

    Paul Schuder is the owner of PCS Bail Bonds and Profession Court Services (PCS). He is a lifelong resident of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Paul has over twenty years of courthouse experience, and has been in businesses involving the criminal justice system for his entire career. Paul has helped thousands of clients with their pursuit of justice and fair play. Mr. Schuder maintains high levels of respect with all the court house personnel, especially judges and attorneys. Using a close hands-on personal approach and a keen understanding of all cultures, helps people when they need it most. Add me to your G+

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