Hundreds of New York offenders are apprehended each month by the authorities for outstanding warrants. If you think you may have an active warrant in your name in the state of New York, one option to avoid an embarrassing arrest is by using an online search system. Begin by typing your name in the search box to the right and you're on your way to finding out in seconds. In most circumstances these search systems can easily find arrest records, warrants, and criminal records posted with the public court system.
All citizens of New York are strongly encouraged to come forward to square their debt or offenses with the state to avoid further penalties or arrest. Note, once there is a warrant for arrest a person can be arrested at any time or any place. This includes your home, place of work or in school. To help catch offenders, law enforcement officials are equipped with license plate scanning devices in their cruisers to easily check plates and find out if you have a warrant on the spot. As you can see, if you run into the law for any other reason all warrant information will be on file and you risk an arrest. If you have an outstanding warrant in New York, it's advisable to contact the local authorities and straighten out the warrant as soon as possible.
It's also wise to contact an attorney to act on your behalf. An attorney can help you post a bond to suspend the arrest warrant which sends your case back before a jury to be decided. By doing this you ensure you won't risk arrest and jail time. Also, a lawyer will be effective in representing you in court and getting the best outcome for your case since they know the legal system.
In New York state, arrest warrants are entered into the NCIC-National Crime Database. All Law enforcement agencies such as New York City Police, State Police and Navel Police, have access to the system making the process for law enforcement simple to identify if a person has an outstanding warrant.
Civil Contempt Warrants
If a person does not comply with a court order or jury summons, the court may order the individual to be taken into custody, thus filing a warrant for their arrest. A civil warrant can be issued to the courts to force a person to appear before the courts for money judgments, divorce cases, separation or annulment proceedings. A warrant may also be issued when someone disobeys a court ordered subpoena.
Kendra’s Law / Warrant for Arrest
If a person has a history of mental illness a warrant can be issued against the person if they are deemed a threat to themselves or the public. The person can then be arrested and taken into custody. The courts will order that person be admitted to a hospital for treatment or to jail set forth with the provisions in the NYS Mental Hygiene Law under Kendra’s Law.
Family Court and Arrest Warrants
These warrants may be issued for a summons that cannot be served, if a person refuses to obey a summons, if a person on bail or parole fails to appear for a court date, or a person is likely to leave the jurisdiction.
Arrest warrants may be brought to any law enforcement officer in the state of New York that has authority to execute the warrant. The Sheriff's Office in each county has authority to enforce most arrest warrants that relate to compliance with a court order.
In most cases there is no fee for filing. However, arrest warrants may be filed with the Sheriff's Office for a $95.00 fee. This fee is subject to change based on counties and filling process. Warrants are usually filed with the local Sheriff and County Office where the person lives or works, or is likely to be found.
The following information and files are needed to expedite a Civil Warrant.
1. An original or certified copy of the warrant, plus two photocopies issued by the court.
2. A completed or court document stating compliance.
3. In most cases civilians usually have a family attorney conduct due process for civil warrants.