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How to check for arrest warrants

If you think you or someone you know may possess an arrest warrant, it’s crucial to discover this. Not knowing can leave you at a legal disadvantage, and catch you off-guard in an intense way. As such, here is what you should do to discover any outstanding warrants.

  • Search an online public records database

This should be done first. Online public records databases are websites like SpyFly that allow you to browse public records. To find an arrest warrant, simply search the name of the person, and provide the state you believe the warrant was issued in, and results should be found within moments. Another advantage of SpyFly is that they preserve the user’s anonymity, allowing you to have more freedom and security in your use of the information. If you can find an arrest warrant here, then you can skip to the last step.

  • Make a call to a county courthouse

If the online public records database has turned up dry, then your next option(if you still believe a warrant exists) is to contact the county court that may have drafted the warrant. A phone call may work, though expect wait times. In addition, access to the county clerk is usually highly sought after, and you may have to wait further to have your request processed. But, afterward, you can expect any matches to be mailed to your address.

  • Contact a local police department

If the county courthouse hasn’t turned up anything, then you may want to contact the police department that the warrant was issued to. However, keep in mind that although their speed is somewhat more tolerable, they will require identification. If a warrant is out for you, then they may attempt to trace the call, and perform an arrest as soon as possible. Moreover, if the department isn’t digitized, then it may take even longer to find the warrant. They may not even have the warrant issued to them, meaning you’ll need to call other police departments until you turn up what you’re looking for.

  • Speak with a lawyer

If you’ve found the warrant, this should be your last step. Immediately try to contact an attorney, and meet with them. They’ll be able to understand your position and provide you with an informed course of action for you to take. In addition, if none of the other options have turned up an arrest warrant, then this can be a last resort. However, you can expect steep fees for the use of the attorney’s time, and if no warrant is turned up, then you’ll have wasted lots of time and effort to verify what the online public records database already told you.

SpyFly provides consumers affordable, immediate access to public record information. Federal laws prohibit businesses from using SpyFly’s service to make decisions about employment, insurance, consumer credit, tenant screening, or for any other purpose subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 USC 1681 et seq.

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