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How to Prevent Getting a Warrant

Date posted: 08/08/2012

by Kat Saks on
in Tickets & Violations

4379 How to Prevent Getting a Warrant

Even if “Trouble” is your middle name, you probably don’t relish the thought of getting into trouble with the law.

Having a warrant out for your arrest can be stressful, time-consuming, and expensive. Learn how to stay out of hot water with the law and avoid getting an arrest warrant.

Consequence of an Arrest Warrant

A warrant to arrest you carries serious consequences.

When you have a warrant out for your arrest, law enforcement officials can arrest you anywhere, anytime. If the police arrest you in public or at work, you might find yourself in an embarrassing situation.

Beyond the embarrassment of a public arrest, a warrant can result in any number of consequences:

  • License suspension or revocation.
  • Steep fines, including possible bail fines.
  • A criminal history and criminal record.
  • Negative impacts on your background checks.
  • Jail time.

With so many potential negative outcomes, you want to avoid a warrant at all costs.

NOTE: Not sure whether you have any warrants? Complete a warrant check for peace of mind.

Avoid a Warrant by Obeying the Rules of the Road

You might be surprised to learn that you could end up with an arrest warrant because of a traffic violation.

If you receive a traffic ticket and fail to address it in court or with a payment, a judge can issue a warrant for your arrest. Failure to pay a fine or to appear in court constitutes a breach of the law and judges take those breaches seriously.

Abide by traffic laws to avoid getting a traffic ticket in the first place. If you do receive a speeding ticket, pay your fines on time and appear for your scheduled court date, if applicable.

Avoid Warrants by Living a Crime-Free Life

Judges can issue warrants for simple traffic violations, but they also can issue warrants for more serious breaches of the law.

Any crime, whether classified as a misdemeanor or a felony, can result in an arrest warrant. Most people want to steer clear of trouble with the police, but if you find yourself tempted to break the law, think again. Having a warrant out for your arrest can result in serious consequences. Live a crime-free life so you don’t have to worry about warrants sullying your record.

What about you? Have you ever had a warrant out for your arrest? How did it impact your life? Tell us in the comments section below.

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About Kat Saks

Kat Saks is a Denver-based writer and yoga teacher. She is also Firefly Partners' Client Solutions Manager. She blogs for DMV.org and shouts safe-driving tips to teens while driving the city streets. More articles by Kat Saks

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