Should You Consult An Attorney Before Turning Yourself In for An Arrest Warrant?
If you have a warrant out for your arrest, your best option is to turn yourself in. Ultimately, you will be found: it's better to control the situation that you're found in. Both your defense attorney and a bail bondsman can help you get out of jail as soon as possible and back with your family and friends. Here's what you need to know.
Always Consult Your Attorney First
You should consult your defense attorney before you make any decisions regarding your case, including turning yourself in. Your attorney can help you turn yourself in safely and in the most advantageous way, while also giving you important information about what you should (and shouldn't) do during the process of booking.
Your attorney will also be able to study your case and see how turning yourself in might impact any other open cases that you have. Your lawyer has the best overview of your current legal situation and will be able to consider all the factors involved. They can also give you advice regarding existing issues such as probation, or let you know what your estimated likelihood is of getting out on bail.
If you're not comfortable with your current attorney or are unable to contact them, you may need to find a different defense attorney. Going without a defense attorney is seldom a good idea, but you have the option of looking around for an attorney who best suits you and your case.
Your Bail Bondsman Can Help
Once you turn yourself in, you may be able to bond yourself out immediately. This is called a "walk through bail bond" and it's available if you contact a bail bondsman before you turn yourself in. After you've spoken with your attorney and taken their advice, you can talk to a bail bondsman about preparing your bail bond before you actually turn yourself in.
As all the paperwork will already be completed, you should be able to get out of jail right after bail has been set. If the bail bond amount is extremely high, your defense attorney may be able to help you get the amount lowered through an appeal. Either way, your defense attorney and your bail bondsman will be on your side as a team and will be able to help you turn yourself in with as little disruption as possible.
Having a warrant out is stressful, but by turning yourself in you can begin the process of resolving it and getting back home to your family. At Free at Last Bail Bonds, we understand the importance and urgency of reuniting families. If you or a loved one needs our services, we are here for you 24 hours a day at 404-577-2245.