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Should You Turn Yourself in if You Have a Warrant?

By Carlos Gamino

The state of Wisconsin issues thousands of arrest warrants every month, and in many cases, the police find the people they’re looking for. However, in some cases, the police are unable to find people for which they have an arrest warrant – and sometimes, those people turn themselves in. But is that something you should do? Is it ever advisable to turn yourself in to the police over an arrest warrant? This guide explains.

Should You Turn Yourself in if You Have a Warrant?

If you have a warrant for your arrest, you should consult with an attorney about when it’s appropriate to turn yourself in. You do need to know that turning yourself in will most likely lead to you being booked into jail. However, your attorney may be able to come up with alternative solutions. (That’s why it’s so important to speak to a lawyer if you have a warrant out for your arrest.)

Be aware that your attorney will advise you to turn yourself in. If you turn yourself in, your lawyer can take action to minimize the negative effects of the warrant. Your attorney can also help you deal with the circumstances that led to the issuance of the warrant in the first place.

Related: What you need to know about bail jumping in Wisconsin

What Happens if You Turn Yourself In?

If you turn yourself into the police because you have an active arrest warrant, you’ll most likely be booked into jail. The length of time you’ll have to remain in jail depends on several factors, including the reason the warrant was issued in the first place and whether you can bond yourself out.

Your attorney will be working to get you the best possible outcome during this time.

Related: Skipping bail in Wisconsin

Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney About Turning Yourself in for a Warrant?

If you know you have a warrant for your arrest, it’s a good idea for you to talk to an attorney about your options as soon as possible. Call our office at 414-383-6700 or schedule a free consultation online now – we may be able to help you.

Attorney Carlos Gamino

By |2022-05-20T20:50:42-05:00May 16th, 2022|Criminal Law|Comments Off on Should You Turn Yourself in if You Have a Warrant?

What to Do if a Capias is Issued for You

What if You Have a Capias Issued - Carlos Gamino

By Carlos Gamino

If you have a capias issued against you, it’s a serious matter – and you may need to talk to an attorney as soon as possible. A capias is essentially the same thing as a warrant; it’s a court order that allows police to arrest you so that you’ll show up for a scheduled court appearance.

What to Do if a Capias is Issued in Your Case

When a judge issues a capias, which commonly happens when you’ve failed to show up for a court date, it’s serious. That’s because police will come arrest you and put you in jail so that the court knows where you are when your court date rolls around – and you won’t miss court, because the police will take you there.

A judge can issue a capias warrant after any type of charge (even a speeding ticket) if you fail to show up in court. It’s commonly called a “bench warrant,” both in Wisconsin and in other states. A judge can issue one of these warrants at any point during a case. That means even if you’ve made it to every other court appearance, if you miss one, the court can issue this type of warrant.

Any officer who finds you is required to arrest you and take you to jail. You’ll be held in jail until you can meet with the judge.

Should You Turn Yourself in Over a Capias Warrant?

Many people will tell you that you should turn yourself in if a capias has been issued against you. That’s because if police find you on their own, it doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing; they’ll haul you into jail. It’s not unheard of for police to arrest someone from a child’s birthday party, a romantic dinner with someone special, or from work or school.

Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About a Capias Issued for You?

You may want to talk to an attorney before you do anything related to a capias a judge has issued for you. Call us at 414-383-6700 now, or contact us online, to find out what the best course of action is for your case. We may be able to help.

Carlos Gamino

By |2021-07-17T12:17:17-05:00March 25th, 2020|Criminal Law|Comments Off on What to Do if a Capias is Issued for You


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