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If you’re living your life with an arrest warrant in Nueces County, Texas, it means you’re driving around under constant threat of spending the next 24 hours or more in jail. You could be wanted for as big a crime as murder, violating bond or probation conditions, or something as small as forgetting to pay a ticket for driving one mile over the speed limit. If you roll through a stop sign or change lanes without a turn signal, you could wind up behind bars.
If there’s a warrant out for you, it won’t go away by itself. A warrant or failure to appear does not expire. You must act to take care of it, or, someday, you’re likely to get caught. A criminal defense lawyer can help you take care of your warrants, and, depending on your circumstances, you may never have to see the inside of a jail cell.
If there’s a warrant out for your arrest, for failure to appear or because you’re a wanted suspect or fugitive, Nueces County warrant lawyer Scott F. C. Lemanski can help you resolve your issue and move on with your life.
Cactus Law Office, PLLC knows the criminal justice systems in Nueces County inside and out. Scott F. C. Lemanski will do his best to help you put your warrant aside and can also represent you on any underlying criminal charges the warrant may have stemmed from.
If there’s a warrant out for you, or you think there might be one, call Cactus Law Office, PLLC today at (361) 888-4545. Scott F. C. Lemanski serves clients with warrants out in Nueces County, including in the cities of Agua Dulce, Annaville, Bishop, Corpus Christi, Calallen, Driscoll, La Paloma-Lost Creek, Petronila, Robstown, Rancho Banquete, Sandy Hollow-Escondidas, Tierra Verde, and Tierra Grande.
A warrant is a court order, signed by a judge, to arrest a person. If you are indicted by a grand jury, the judge may sign a warrant for your arrest. The police may come to your home or business to find and arrest you. They may take you out in handcuffs in front of your friends or coworkers. However, most of the time, when an indictment is issued, the judge will simply send a summons, commanding you to be in court at a certain time.
Most warrants that are put out are not for felony indictments. They are bench warrants, sometimes called a “failure to appear” (FTA). When you are issued a citation for speeding or other traffic violations, the citation will have a date and time listed. You are legally required to appear in court on that date and that time.
However, people frequently miss the court date. They don’t have the money to pay the ticket and they don’t have a defense prepared. Or they can’t get off work or have another emergency and don’t reschedule. Or a lot of times in Nueces County, Texas, the case has taken a very long time to receive court dates and the defendant has moved on with their life and they have simply forgotten.
When a person does not appear or otherwise resolve their citation, the judge issues a bench warrant. A judge may also issue a bench warrant if you are summoned to appear in court on any criminal matter and do not show up. The bench warrant is a command for police to arrest you wherever they find you, which may include other counties or other states.
Most often, that is when you are pulled over for a traffic stop. The police will check your name against a statewide or nationwide database. If your name and information appear in the database, they can take you into custody, and you will be stuck in jail until you can be processed and pay a bond or be transported back to the original county if the judge commands you to be processed only out of the original county of the alleged offense.
There are also search warrants. Search warrants give police permission to search an area of your property for which you normally have the right to privacy. It is not a warrant to arrest you, but if there is a search warrant issued for property, there’s a reasonable chance you are under criminal investigation.
You don’t have to wait to be arrested to hire a criminal defense lawyer. If you’re a suspect, the sooner you have legal counsel, the better.
If there’s a warrant or a failure to appear (FTA) out for you, stop living in fear. Let Nueces County Criminal Defense Attorney Scott F. Cactus Lemanski help you.
Call Cactus Law Office, PLLC today at (361) 888-4545 for a free, confidential consultation.
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