Will police come and get me if there is a warrant for my arrest?

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Will police come and get me if there is a warrant for my arrest?

I am a 17 year old and I have a warrant out for my arrest. Since it is Friday, I don’t want to turn myself in and sit in custody for the weekend. Would it be best for me to go in on Monday or Tuesday and will the police come and get me if I wait until then.

Asked on May 31, 2012 under Criminal Law, Florida

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

The police may or may not come and get you.  This answer really depends on how diligent your jurisdiction is at serving warrants and the manpower available.  Some have a regular warrants division that stays on top of them and sends people out to actively look for people.  Other agencies are more passive and just wait for the person to get pulled over on a traffic stop.... where the warrant pops up and the defendant is arrested.  Delays in turning yourself in can have a negative effect on your case.  If you know there is a warrant and you do not surrender, the prosecutor could argue that you are a flight risk at a bond hearing or a punishment hearing.  If you are waiting the weekend, don't wait too much longer... so that you don't get in trouble for evading a warrant intentionally.


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