When a person is accused of committing a crime, a judicial official in North Carolina may issue a warrant authorizing that alleged offender’s arrest so he or she can be held to answer to the charges made against him or her. Warrant information is typically shared by multiple law enforcement agencies as well as national databases.
Many people are unaware that warrants have been issued for their arrest, and many alleged offenders are taken into custody after applying for a passport or other encounters with the police such as traffic stops. When a person does know there is a warrant out for his or her arrest, it is unwise to think that the warrant will disappear with time as there is no statute of limitations on how long an alleged offender can remain a fugitive from justice.
Has a warrant been issued for your arrest in North Carolina? Do not delay in seeking the help of experienced legal counsel for determining the most favorable resolution to your situation.
The Wake County criminal attorneys at Coolidge Law Firm provide assistance with arrest warrants for clients all over the Raleigh area, including Rolesville, Fuquay-Varina, Morrisville, Zebulon, Wake Forest, Garner, Cary, Wendell, Holly Springs, Knightdale, and Apex. Call (919) 239-8448 to take advantage of a completely free initial consultation that will allow us to review your case and discuss all of your options.
North Carolina General Statute § 15A-304 states that a warrant for arrest may be issued when it appears that the alleged offender named should be taken into custody. The warrant must contain a statement of the crime of which the alleged offender to be arrested is accused.
A judicial official can only issue a warrant for arrest when he is supplied with sufficient information to make an independent judgment that there is probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed and that the alleged offender to be arrested committed it. While it is typically police officers or other law enforcement officials who provide this information to judicial officials, it should be noted that the statute does not specify sources and, thus, private citizens are theoretically capable of initiating arrest warrants.
The information must be shown by one or more of the following:
The judicial officials who are authorized to issue arrest warrants include:
Several kinds of warrants authorizing a person’s arrest may be issued in North Carolina. Warrants issued at the request of law enforcement investigators generally do not have a unique title, but other situations leading to the issuance of warrants include:
Again, warrants do not just go away. The only possible outcomes when a warrant has been issued for your arrest is that you will be taken into custody, the warrant will remain valid until you are arrested, or you will have to take the necessary steps to rectify the situation.
With the help of a lawyer, you can review all of your possible options and determine the best way to handle your own unique situation. There are several alternatives to the humiliating experience of being placed under arrest in front of your friends or family during an unexpected encounter with police.
Your attorney may be able to help you negotiate the terms of your surrender. This can help get a bond amount reduced or possibly allow you to be released on your own recognizance without posting any monetary bond whatsoever.
Additionally, some alleged offenders may be able to challenge warrants that may have been improperly issued. For example, bench warrants may have been issued because a failure to appear that was the result of circumstances beyond the alleged offender’s control.
Wake County Sheriff's Office — This is the website of the primary law enforcement agency for the unincorporated areas of Wake County. You can learn more about the various divisions of this office, news releases, and answers to frequently asked questions. There are also links to the larger county government website, which includes Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification (CCBI) Criminal Arrest Records Portal.
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North Carolina General Statute § 15A-304 — This is the full text of the state law regarding warrants for arrest. Sections cover definitions, when warrants can be issued, statement of the crime, showing of probable cause, order for arrest, and who may issue warrants.
If you believe or know for certain that a warrant has been issued in North Carolina for your arrest, do not think that you can avoid police officers for the rest of your life. Your past will catch up with you sooner or later, and it is in your best interest to address the situation right now while you can exercise some measure of control.
Coolidge Law Firm helps clients all over the Raliegh area achieve favorable outcomes to these situations, including students at local institutions like Meredith College, Wake Technical Community College (Wake Tech), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), Shaw University, Duke University, William Peace University, and North Carolina State University. You can have our Wake County criminal defense attorneys review your case and discuss your legal options by calling (919) 239-8448 today to schedule a free, confidential consultation.