Having an outstanding warrant for your arrest can lead to trouble if you do not realize it exists. If you have cause to believe there may be an outstanding warrant in Pennsylvania against you, there are ways to find out for sure. Rather than being caught off guard, if you suspect an outstanding warrant, it is best to be prepared.
If there is a warrant for your arrest, contact the Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyers at Ciccarelli Law Offices as soon as possible to begin preparing your legal defense. Being prepared can help you feel less anxious and allows you to be proactive in the case against you.
Records are Available Online
In 2009, the state passed the Pennsylvania Right to Know Act. This act is made up of laws and doctrines authorizing specific documents to be accessible by the general public. Public, financial, and legislative records are included in this act. The information may be requested in writing, obtained online, or available in person.
Begin With the County Sheriff’s Office Website
A good starting place if you suspect a warrant against you is to look at the active warrants listed on the particular county’s sheriff’s office website. For instance, in Montgomery County, the website provides warrant information. If a warrant is issued in a particular county’s jurisdiction, information about it may be available on their website.
Pennsylvania Judiciary Web Portal is Another Helpful Place to Look
When you are not clear about the count, the warrant might be issued out of the state’s 67 counties. A good place to begin your search is on Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System web portal. You can use the instructions provided on the Public Web Docket Sheets to find the information you seek.
Searching for a warrant has the potential for confusion. If you are unclear about any of the information you found or a lack of information, reach out to the lawyers at Ciccarelli Law Offices for more information.
Alternative Ways to Seek Information About Outstanding Arrest Warrants
When you follow the above search suggestions and still do not find the information you are seeking, there are other ways to find out if there is an outstanding arrest warrant against you. Some suggestions are listed below:
- Go to the police station. This can be an intimidating process and may lead to your immediate arrest.
- Contact a criminal defense lawyer. Before going to the police station, you will want to speak to your criminal defense attorney and prepare for the probable legal fallout.
Have a Trusted Loved One Visit the Police Station or Make a Call on Your Behalf
The prospect of going to the police station may be more than you are ready to face, so sending a family member to go in your place may be a way to obtain warrant information. This friend or loved one could also simply make a call to the local sheriff’s department to get this information.
Visit the Courthouse Where You Believe the Warrant was Issued
By visiting the courthouse where the warrant was issued, you can request a look at the records. It is important to note that this can take a lot of time and can end in your arrest. Having your attorney at the ready is an important aspect of any method of finding out if you have an outstanding warrant.
A Criminal Defense Attorney is an Imperative
At Ciccarelli Law Offices, we can help you prepare for an impending arrest. We can also determine whether there is a warrant against you. Our team has answers to your questions and can navigate the legal situation for you, no matter how tricky. For the best possible outcome, contact us today.