There is a Warrant for my Arrest; What Should I do?

A Guide by Affordable Bail Bonds:

Under Colorado state law, police have the right to arrest and detain a person after an arrest warrant has been issued by the court. Warrants generally do not expire until the person is arrested and brought to the court’s proceedings or the warrant is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. Arrest warrants are initiated by police when they have reasonable suspicion and probable cause that a particular individual committed a crime or criminal activity. When the police locate the person described under the arrest warrant, they will be physically arrested.

Arrest warrants do not stay in just Colorado. If you were to commit a crime and decide to flee the state, another state’s police officers could physically detain and arrest you, as arrest warrants are not state-specific. Once you have been detained by police, you can exercise your fourth amendment rights. Your fourth amendment rights include the right to remain silent, to have an attorney present, and, if you can not afford an attorney, for one to be presented to you. If you are arrested for an outstanding warrant, remain silent, except for supplying the police with your name and birthday. Next, you will want to immediately request a phone call to retain the services of a criminal defense attorney.

However, there are ways to be strategic about “turning yourself in” to avoid any surprise arrests down the road for you. You can work with a bail bondsman, like the ones at Affordable Bail Bonds, to select a date of your convenience to appear at the jail. Then, similar to other arrests, you will get a court date where the Judge will set your bond amount. Then, because you were strategic about turning yourself in, you will already have a plan of action to bail yourself out of jail. Even if you choose to turn yourself in, however, all of the other traditional rules that are applicable with “bonding out of jail” are applicable. This means that your attendance is required at all future court hearings for this matter, and you can not violate any of your specific bond requirements and instructions.

 

 Affordable Bail Bonds provides 24/7 bail bond services in Fort Collins, Colorado, Larimer County, and the surrounding counties in Colorado. Affordable Bail Bonds are here to walk you through the entire process and help in any way we can. Call us at 970-490-2245, and Affordable Bail Bonds can answer your Fort Collins bail bonds questions.

In some situations, the bail amount will be set already on the warrant. This means that you can turn yourself in, and then immediately post bail with the assistance of a knowledgeable and experienced Bail Bondsman and leave jail the same day you turn yourself in. However, if this is your action plan, remember that you must follow through and physically appear at all of the future court dates for your criminal charge- or you could have your posted bail not returned to you.

Can you bail someone out of jail on the weekends?

A guide by Affordable Bail Bonds

During the weekend, many fun events could lead to you or a loved one being arrested and incarcerated. Most people incarcerated wish to bail out of jail immediately. However, the availability to “bail out of jail” on the weekend depends on the alleged crime committed, whether or not the crime committed has an accompanying bail schedule, and the availability of a presiding judge to set the bail amount according to you or your loved one’s circumstances that lead to you getting arrested.

For some offenses, such as turning yourself in over unpaid parking tickets or speeding violations, there may be a set bail amount on the warrant or your arraignment paperwork. These sorts of events may be able to be resolved quickly in one day during the work week, but longer if they take place during a weekend or a public holiday.

For more serious crimes, however, you may have to wait until the court hearing dictated by a Judge is scheduled, which is generally absent of other emergencies and takes place Monday through Friday. Generally speaking, the more serious the crime, the more likely a Judge will have to set the bail amount during a court hearing that the defendant must attend.

Another situation is if the defendant has a criminal past. If the defendant has committed crimes in the past, it is unlikely that Colorado state courts would put a bail amount for the defendant on the weekends. Similar to more serious offenses, those defendants with a criminal history pass are

 

 more likely than not going to have to wait for the first business day following their incarceration for a judge to set a bail amount.

However, it is not a bad idea to call an experienced and knowledgeable bail bondman to ascertain the bail amount and to see if any instructions were posted on behalf of the defendant. At your earliest convince during the weekend, call Affordable Bail Bonds Affordable Bail Bonds provides 24/7 bail bond services in Fort Collins, Colorado, Larimer County, and the surrounding counties in Colorado. Affordable Bail Bonds are here to walk you through the entire process and help in any way we can. Call us at 970-490-2245, and Affordable Bail Bonds can answer your Fort Collins bail bonds questions.

For rather minor offenses, such as specific traffic violations, it is possible that the defendant may be released on a weekend or a public holiday with a stern warning. It is possible for some minor offenses that, no bail amount will need to be posted, and you will be released from jail after the correct paperwork is filed and arranged.

While the Colorado courts state that most bail hearings are set for within 48 hours after arrest, this time frame may change if you or a loved one is arrested on the weekend or during a public holiday. Nonetheless, after you create a plan with the assistance of Affordable Bail Bonds, you or your loved one will be able to bail out of jail as soon as possible after the weekend is over, if you are eligible for bail.

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