2. Talk to a lawyer

What should I do if there's a warrant for my arrest?
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2. Talk to a lawyer

Before you turn yourself in, talk to a lawyer. You will be allowed to contact a lawyer when you're arrested and charged at the police station. But it is a good idea to talk to a lawyer even before you go to the police station.

Finding out that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest can be very stressful.

There are many ways you might find out that there is a warrant for your arrest. For example, you might find out a warrant exists if:

  • the police phone you to tell you about the warrant
  • the police stop you for something unrelated and discover there is a warrant
  • the police come to your home looking for you

A lawyer may help you find out the details of the warrant. A lawyer can tell you what might happen when you turn yourself in. A lawyer can help you plan for what to do if you are arrested and held in custody.  A lawyer can help you think about a plan of release and a possible surety. Your lawyer may even be able to come with you to the police station when you turn yourself in.

Although you don't need a lawyer with you when you turn yourself in, having one ready to help may make the experience less stressful.

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Reviewed: December 31, 2016

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