Do you live in Texas and are concerned that there may be an arrest warrant out for you? There
are several circumstances in which a judge may issue a warrant. You may be arrested at any time
after an arrest warrant is issued, including at home, work, school, or anywhere you may be.
Protect yourself by planning ahead if you believe that there may be a warrant for your arrest. In
the following informational article, we explore the steps you should take if you believe that there
may be an arrest warrant issued for you. Following this advice has the potential to protect your
legal rights and ensure the best possible outcome in the event that you are arrested on a warrant.
Texas Arrest Warrant Process
A Texas judge will generally issue a summons before issuing an arrest warrant for you. A summons is a request for you to appear in court. Failing to appear in court after being summoned is grounds for a warrant.
There are several circumstances in which a judge may issue a warrant for your arrest. These incidents are often unintentional.
Reasons that a Judge Issues an Arrest Warrant Include:
- Unpaid Fines
- Failing a Drug Test
- Failure to Appear in Court
- Missing an Appointment with a Probation/Parole Officer
What Steps Should You Take If There is a Warrant For Your Arrest?
1.) Verify Warrant Status
2.) Request a Leave or Paid-Time Off
If there is an arrest warrant out for you, you can protect your employment status by contacting the scheduling department at your employer as soon as possible. Schedule a leave or put in a request for paid time off for personal and/or legal reasons. You are not obligated to provide additional information or discuss the nature of your leave.
3.) Contact a Top Criminal Defense Attorney
Securing a defense lawyer ahead of time will allow a criminal defense lawyer to begin building a solid case. Contact Gallian Firm, LLC before turning yourself in to law enforcement. Gregg Gallian is an aggressive, experienced defense attorney who understands the ins and outs of arrest warrants and will begin protecting your rights the moment he is retained. It is important that you send Gallian Firm any related documentation or evidence that may be related to the arrest warrant.
4.) Go to the Police Station and Turn Yourself In
It may seem counter-intuitive to go to the police station, but this is always a good decision if there is a warrant out for your arrest. If you have already contacted Gregg Gallian, he will walk you step-by-step through this process so you make no move that it not in protection of your rights. Turn yourself over to law enforcement by going to your local police station. Any judge is likely to respect this decision and it will increase the likelihood of a positive case outcome.