Florida Statute § 901.15 establishes 11 different situations in which an arrest by an officer without a warrant will be lawful. Some of these situations include a person committing a felony or misdemeanor in the presence of an officer, the officer reasonably believes an alleged offender committed a felony, or there is probable cause to believe that the alleged offender has committed an act of domestic violence, battery upon another person, or an act of criminal mischief or a graffiti-related offense.
Different kinds of warrants can be issued in Florida authorizing the arrest of an individual, and some people who know they have active warrants make the mistake of thinking that they can just wait until the warrant expires. The truth is that warrants do not expire, and they only go away when the person named in the warrant is taken into custody.
Do you have an active warrant out for your arrest in Okaloosa County or a surrounding area of Florida? Do not wait to seek legal representation so you can achieve the most favorable possible resolution to your situation.
Flaherty Defense Firm defends clients in Fort Walton Beach, Destin, and Crestview as well as many other nearby communities. Call (850) 716-1593 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.
Types of Arrest Warrants Issued in Okaloosa County
Under Florida Statute § 901.02(2), a court can issue a warrant for a person’s arrest when a complaint has been filed charging the commission of a misdemeanor only, a summons issued to the alleged offender has been returned unserved, and the judge is satisfied that probable cause exists for the issuance of an arrest warrant for a crime committed within their jurisdiction. Florida Statute § 901.04 provides that warrants must be directed to all sheriffs in Florida and an arrest can be made on any day and at any time of the day or night.
Florida essentially has four kinds of arrest warrants:
- Bench Warrants — More commonly known as failure to appear warrants, bench warrants are so named because judges issue them from the bench when alleged offenders do not appear in court as required.
- Violation of Probation Warrants — People who violate the terms of their probation may have their probation officers turn to courts to issue arrest warrants.
- Extradition Warrants — When an alleged offender is arrested based on a warrant issued in another state, it is known as an extradition warrant, and an alleged offender remains in custody until the state that issued the warrant takes control.
- Felony Warrants — Many felony cases will involve prosecutors seeking indictments from grand juries, but prosecutors may also file their own charges in certain cases.
When a judge issues an arrest warrant, they can also dictate whether the warrant will be bondable. People can pay bond amounts set by judges in such cases, but other warrants may be “no-bond,” which means the alleged offender cannot post bond until they appear before a judge.
Arrest Warrant Consequences
When you have an active warrant for your arrest, do not think that the consequences will not follow you. An arrest warrant can complicate an application for housing, employment, or lending.
Worse yet, many people who do not know they have active warrants often learn about them at the worst possible times, usually, traffic stops in which a police officer runs a background check while reviewing a person’s driver’s license. People can suddenly have their entire lives thrown into disarray while they work to get help being bailed out of jail.
In some situations, law enforcement may even order alleged offenders to be arrested at their places of employment. Individuals may be taken into custody in the presence of all of their co-workers.
Resolve an Active Arrest Warrant in Okaloosa County
Don’t think that just because you have a warrant out for your arrest that you do not have options. With an experienced criminal defense lawyer, you will be able to negotiate the terms of your surrender and then work to secure a satisfactory resolution to your underlying matter.
If you think or know that you have an arrest warrant issued in Okaloosa County, be sure to contact Flaherty Defense Firm as soon as possible to make sure that your rights are protected. Our firm can help make sure that you receive a fair bond amount that does not place additional stress on you and your family. We can help you understand all of your legal options when you call (850) 243-6097 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.