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How to handle an arrest warrant in Maryland

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2023 | Violent crimes

If you have an outstanding arrest warrant in Maryland, it is important to take immediate action to resolve the issue. 

A judge issues an arrest warrant, which allows law enforcement officers to arrest you legally and take you to court. Failure to address an arrest warrant can result in serious consequences, including incarceration and fines. Here are some things to consider:

Confirm the warrant

The first step is to confirm that there is, in fact, an arrest warrant out for you. You can do this by contacting the court that issued the warrant. You must provide your full name, date of birth, and other identifying information necessary to confirm your identity.

Know your rights

Once you have confirmed the existence of an arrest warrant, it is important to know your legal rights. This will ensure you know what options are available to you. 

Turn yourself in

One option for resolving an arrest warrant is to turn yourself in. This involves contacting the law enforcement agency that issued the warrant and surrendering yourself to their custody.

Arrange for bail

If you turn yourself in, you may be eligible for bail, a sum of money paid to the court to guarantee that you will appear for your scheduled court appearances. If you cannot afford bail, you may be able to arrange for a bail bond, which is a type of loan that allows you to pay a percentage of the bail amount and obtain a surety bond to cover the rest. 

Attend court appearances

Once you have turned yourself in or resolved the warrant in another way, you must attend all scheduled court appearances. Failure to appear in court can result in additional charges and penalties, including forfeiting bail or bond money. 

An arrest warrant in Maryland is a serious matter that requires immediate attention. Knowing your legal rights and options will help you handle this situation properly.