Posted in Jim's Blog on December 14, 2018
A 10-month local state and federal investigation recently led to the issuing of drug arrest warrants for 58 individuals. The Glynn County Chief of Police has reported that 27 of the 58 suspects are still at large. Law enforcement has also requested that individuals who are subject to a warrant turn themselves in. This operation was dubbed “Operation Deja Vu” and lasted from January to October of 2018. Many of the arrests that occurred were part of a pre-dawn raid on November 7, 2018.
Discovering that you have a warrant for your arrest can be a frightening experience. It is common to wonder what impact this warrant will have on your life. In nearly all cases, it is better to act as quickly as possible if you discover that there is a warrant out for your arrest.
What is an Arrest Warrant?
An arrest warrant authorizes law enforcement to arrest a person. In many cases, warrants will be issued based on a victim’s statement in combination with other types of corroborating evidence. Capable of being issued by any city, state, superior, or magistrate court, warrants can take several forms:
- Arrest warrants, which arise when law enforcement believes that there is probable cause to determine that a person committed a crime.
- Bench warrants, which are issued by judges when a person misses a court date.
- Grand jury warrants, which occur when a grand jury believes that there is probable cause to believe that a person committed a crime.
Important Steps to Take if an Arrest Warrant is Issued
There are several important steps that you should take if an arrest warrant is issued for you, which include the following:
- Contact the law enforcement agency that likely issued the warrant. In many cases, however, this might inform that agency issuing the warrant of your location.
- Speak with an experienced defense lawyer who can help you determine if there is actually an active warrant for your arrest. An attorney can also help you potentially work out a bond before you are arrested.
Things Not to do if an Arrest Warrant is Issued for You
Some of the important steps that you should take if there is an arrest warrant issued for you include the following:
- Do not attempt to flee from law enforcement because it is likely that law enforcement will still find and arrest you.
- Do not forget the warrant exists. Law enforcement as well as prosecutors will still remember that the warrant exists and will take the steps necessary to hold you accountable.
- Do not turn yourself into law enforcement without first speaking with an experienced defense attorney.
Speak with an Experienced Drug Defense Lawyer
If there is a warrant issued for your arrest, you can be taken into custody anywhere that law enforcement can find you. Contact Yeargan & Kert, LLC today so we can begin taking the steps necessary to make sure that your case resolves in a positive manner.