When the police are investigating suspected criminal activity, they may
eventually seek and obtain an arrest warrant if they believe (as does
the judge who signs it) that they have compiled enough evidence against you.
If an arrest warrant is signed by the judge, the police will come looking
for you. The warrant entitles them to come to your home and place you
You may not know that a warrant has been issued. However, sometimes if
you have been aware of an ongoing investigation, you may know (or at least
suspect) that a warrant has been issued.
Now, this is a frightening time, but it is a critical time. If you were
ever to retain a
Miami-Dade County criminal defense attorney this is the time to do it. The reason is because it is important that
you not evade law enforcement. A warrant doesn't just go away. It
will literally follow you around forever until you deal with it. And just
like many things, the longer you wait to address it, the worse it gets.
In the State Attorney's eyes, you have failed to turn yourself in
and have made yourself a fugitive.
So if there is a warrant, your criminal attorney can contact police and
schedule a surrender. If the charge is a bondable offense, then you will
be booked and should be able to immediately post your bond.
If you leave a warrant unresolved, it will haunt you. Even if it is a
warrant. Not only do you risk getting arrested every time you leave the
house (and possibly extradited to Florida if you have an open felony warrant
and leave the state), you will be denied Social Security benefits and
could possibly be rejected from potential employment.
The reason having an attorney during the surrender process is so important
is because this is when the cops will want to talk with you the most.
If you are unrepresented, they will possibly scare you into giving them
a statement or confession.
Once you have voluntarily surrendered, you have just done something that
is inconsistent with the actions of a guilty man. If your case goes to
a jury trial, that fact will come out.
Also, by surrendering on the warrant, the prosecutors may be more likely
to offer you a favorable plea bargain due to your willingness to turn
yourself in rather than evade police.
You shouldn't wait until the warrant is issued to hire a criminal lawyer.
If you are the subject of any criminal investigation, large or small,
you should retain counsel. Hiring an attorney (or "lawyering up,"
as the cops like to call it) is not an indication of guilt. It is an intelligent
and constitutionally-protected decision to preserve your rights in the
face of those who would seek to infringe upon them. Police officers, for
the most part, are honest and hardworking. But they want to make their
case. And if they have to bend the rules, they will, and they will write
their reports to cover up any misdeeds.
Even the toughest veteran detective is afraid of a good criminal defense
attorney. The way a represented person is treated by police as opposed
to an unrepresented person is treated is like night and day.
I represent clients in Miami-Dade and Broward. If you are the subject of
a criminal investigation or if an arrest warrant has been issued for you,
don't wait any longer.
Call me today