Arrest Warrants Attorney in Denver, Colorado
Do you have an unresolved arrest warrant or warrants in the Colorado area? Are you hoping to avoid the penalties that come with an outstanding warrant? An arrest warrant is issued by the court for an individual suspected of committing a crime. Warrants are issued for searching a person, car, or residence, for failure to appear, or failure to comply with probation conditions. These warrants are serious and should not be ignored. Denver Criminal Defense Attorney Philip Smith has defended individuals that have received all types of warrants. If you are ready to turn yourself in to law enforcement, call today for a free review of your case.
It is difficult to find out if a person has an outstanding warrant in any Colorado jurisdiction. If there is a pending warrant, law enforcement will not release information that would alert the suspected party. Bench warrants allow an immediate arrest of a suspect. Arrest warrants are issued if there is probable cause by law enforcement. Failure to appear and failure to comply warrants are the most common warrants for missed court appearances or failure to comply with probation. People often discover an outstanding warrant when they are stopped for a traffic offense. The warrant may be for a missed court date or a criminal charge from out of state. Depending on the charge you may be detained or given a summons to appear in court. If this is an out of state warrant, you may or may not be extradited back to Colorado.
Warrants are tricky. Some are easily resolved while other may take months and require travel from your home state. In those circumstances whenever possible I want to advise my client of the best way to manage how and when to turn yourself in to authorities, arrangements for bond and how you will live during this process. If you’re extradited back to Colorado, it may take a day or a few weeks to travel. The US Marshall usually handles extradition and I only know when a client has arrived when they call en route or from the jail. Your best defense is to notify me of your intentions so I can be fully prepared upon your arrival.
The most common arrest warrants issued by the courts are “Failure to Appear” warrants, primarily for missed traffic court dates or minor offenses. But, warrants for any offense are serious and worth reconciling. If you are aware of an Outstanding Warrant issued by the State of Colorado or local jurisdiction and want to turn yourself in, call my office for a free and confidential consultation.
Philip M. Smith • Attorney • Denver, Colorado
Warrants in the Denver Colorado Area
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Bench Warrant or Arrest Warrant
A Bench Warrant authorizes the immediate arrest of a defendant. An Arrest Warrant is issued if law enforcement has probable cause to arrest a person for allegedly committing a misdemeanor or felony crime.
Outstanding Arrest Warrant and Booking
An Outstanding Arrest Warrant is a warrant that has not been served to the defendant. Once a person has been served they will most likely be taken to jail for booking. Booking can take up to six hours or more in the Denver Metro area jurisdictions. If Bond has been determined by the court, payment terms can be arranged through a bondsman. Out of State warrants issued by Colorado may or may not be extraditable depending on the severity of the criminal charge.
Is there a Warrant for my arrest?
Most Colorado jurisdictions will not confirm whether a warrant will be issued on a pending criminal matter. Every jurisdiction handles these matters differently. You may be contacted by law enforcement for a statement or interview without warning. They may come to your home or place of employment. If the arrest warrant is for serious felony charges, police may be fully armed. You may find yourself detained, booked and jailed for a minor traffic offence or awaiting extradition. Your best defense is to contact me as soon as possible to discuss the incident and run interference with law enforcement. The more information I have, the more I can help you. Above all else, when you are arrested or contacted by law enforcement, do not make a statement and DO NOT talk.
As your Denver Colorado attorney, I will guide you through the maize of locating the jurisdiction, jail, prosecutor and judge, and arrange for you turning yourself in and resolving issues such as traveling from out of state (if you are not extradited), bond and court proceedings in the most efficient way possible.
If you are ready to surrender, allow me to assist you to minimize the difficulties and inconvenience you and your loved ones may have during this transition.
Call my office today for a free confidential consultation
Denver Colorado Attorney Philip M. Smith
Bail and Bond
If you have failed to appear for a court appearance, you may forfeit your bond and be placed in custody. If you are in custody, bail may be set higher until a hearing is held to determine bond conditions. If you are being extradited to another jurisdiction or we are planning your surrender, you should prepare funds for your bond, fines, and a retainer for your legal fees. The court may place a “No Bond” or “Probation” hold on certain cases. Each jurisdiction will have their own procedures in regards to handling a bail. There are many bail bond companies listed in the local directory and on the internet. Attorneys in Colorado are not permitted to pay bail for a client. Being prepared to make bond will speed up the booking and release time. At your first hearing, I will try to negotiate a lower bond and bond conditions.
Failure to Appear or Comply usually results in a suspension in your driver’s license. You may not even know you have a suspension until you are pulled over for a traffic violation. A warrant will be issued and you will need to be prepared to pay fines, appear in court and apply for reinstatement of your Colorado license with the Department of Motor Vehicles. In most circumstances I can help you with the process without your need to surrender or appear in court. I am often able to appear in court for you will so that you do not have to surrender because of an OJW or (outstanding judgment warrant) in traffic cases. If you live out of state, you will not be able to renew your home state license until you have fully complied with Colorado’s reinstatement. You will not be able to apply for your license in your home state without full reinstatement in Colorado.
Contact My Law Office
If you need a Colorado Criminal Attorney to discuss your Colorado Warrant or Out of State Warrant or if you have questions about an outstanding warrant I encourage you to contact me, Criminal Defense Lawyer, Philip M. Smith, 303-333-8900 today for a free and confidential initial consultation.