How Do I Know if I Have a Warrant?

Written by J. Hirby and Fact Checked by The Law Dictionary Staff  

One way to know whether you have a warrant for your arrest is to go to search for your city, county, or state's official website and look for a link for a warrant search. You will know it is an official government website if it ends in .gov. When doing this search, avoid websites that end in .com or .net as they are websites belonging to an individual or a business.

You can do a search on your name and the website will bring up any warrants under that name. Another option is to type in the name of a city and you will see a list of everyone who has a warrant out for their arrest in that city. Simply check the list for your name.

Please note that not every city, county, or state will have this option on their website. If the government entities have small budgets or low population there is a good chance the warrant online search option may not be available.

If your local or state government website does not have a warrant search option, go to the website www.gotwarrants.org. Here you can type in your city. The search results will give a list of everyone in the city with a warrant out for their arrest. The website www.gotwarrants.org also allows users to type in their last name. The results will show everyone in the nation with your last name who has a warrant out for their arrest.

Other information provided by www.gotwarrants.org includes the full name and address of the individual. It lists the person's complete date of birth. Specific information about the bond is also listed such as bond amount, bond type, warrant description, and date the warrant was issued. Examples of warrants you may see on the list are DWI, failure to vacate, not paying child support, driving violations, theft, assault, and underage drinking.

One way to obtain a definitive answer and to clear up any warrants is to go down to your local sheriff's office and ask if there is a warrant out for your arrest. One of the officers will do a search. If there is a warrant for your arrest, you will either be taken into custody or given a court date. You want to appear at the court date otherwise you will have a warrant for failure to appear.

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