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Should I Turn Myself In If There is a Warrant for My Arrest?

Arrest Warrants in Texas

When someone finds out that there is a warrant for their arrest in Texas, they may have a lot of questions. They may wonder if the police will show up at their homes or places of work to arrest them. They may look over their shoulders while driving to see if they are in danger of being pulled over.

For many people, this situation can be very stressful. They may begin contemplating turning themselves in to the police to end the stress and hopefully get a lighter punishment. While it’s true that turning yourself in will resolve the warrant, it’s important to proceed carefully. Following a few simple tips can make the entire process much simpler.

Should I Turn Myself In?

The first question that many people may have when they find out there’s an outstanding warrant for their arrest is “Should I turn myself in?”

Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer to that question. The answer will depend upon the facts of the case. However, if someone does decide to turn themselves in, there are a few things that they should do first:

  • Hire, or at least consult with, an attorney
  • Inform a trusted friend or family member of the plan
  • Take cash to the police station or have a friend standing by to post bond

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Hiring an attorney before heading to the police station may not be necessary but it’s always a good idea to consult with an attorney beforehand. An attorney may be able to offer further advice about the process. It’s good to get a lawyer’s information before heading to the police station because hiring an attorney will be necessary after posting bond.

Make sure that someone you trust knows what you are about to do. This will help to alleviate the anxiety of friends and family members and it is helpful to have someone waiting for you to be released.

If you know the amount of your bond, you can take that much cash with you to the police station. You may be able to pay by check, money order or debit card but this is not guaranteed. Make sure you know your payment options before you go to the police station. If you don’t have the money, talk to a bail bondsman or have your friend contact them for you. This way, when you’re ready to post bond, you can call your friend. Get your friend or someone else to be ready to pick you up and drive you home after release.

What Happens When I Turn Myself In?

There’s a specific process that begins when you turn yourself in for a warrant. Typically, if you already have a bond amount on your warrant, you can post that bond and be released after your information has been processed. If you can’t afford to post the bond or if a bond hasn’t been set, you’ll be booked into jail until you can see a magistrate.

The magistrate will set your bond. If you can post it, you’ll be released. If you can’t afford it, you will wait in jail until you can post bond or until your hearing date. If you wait in jail, you might receive credit for time served once your case goes to court.

Legal Defenses

As soon as you post bond, you should find a lawyer to hire. If you can’t post bond, have a friend or family member find a lawyer or ask to be appointed an attorney. A defense attorney can help you sort out the terms of your warrant and plan a defense for your court case.

Going to court isn’t as simple as it sounds. The guidance and advice that a lawyer may provide can mean the difference between a good outcome in court and a bad one.

Attorney Matt Sharp Can Help

If you are considering turning yourself in for a crime, please contact us. We will fight hard to protect your rights and your future. Call (713) 868-6100 or email for your free and confidential consultation.

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