In a word, yes. It’s easy to check for warrants online in California. Whether you’re checking out a new neighbor, a potential new employee or making sure there aren’t any warrants out on you, there are several ways to check for outstanding warrants online.
Warrants are signed by a judge and allow police to search your home or arrest you when they see you (or the other person, if you’re not searching your own name). Judges generally issue bench warrants when someone fails to show up for a court date, fails to pay fines or disobeys a court order. Arrest warrants and fugitive warrants may also appear in online search results.
Once a judge signs a warrant, the court clerk enters it into the local court or law enforcement website, which is accessible for the nationwide Department of Justice website – so any police officer, nationwide, has access to information that will indicate if there is a bench warrant or arrest warrant out on you.
Searching for warrants online in California is anonymous, for you, the searcher. But in order for a search to work, you will need the full name, DOB, last known address and any other identifiable information on the person. You may not have to enter all of this information into the search, but you will need it to sort through the results that come back.
Search For Warrants Online Through A Third Party Database
The first thing to know about third party websites is they may charge you a fee for running a warrant search. There are some free third party database sites you can use if you don’t want to use a government website. The more details you want, the higher the fee.
These third party websites are not affiliated with any government agency. If you just Google a warrant check, these websites will come up. However, you never know what exact information you’re going to get with these websites, and how accurate they will be. They collect their information from various sources, including government agencies, but there is no guarantee the information is up to date.
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Search For California Warrants Online Through Government Agency Websites
The best way to search for a warrant in California is to go to the city county, or California state government website where you think it exists. (Official government websites end in .gov instead of .com.) Each government website will have a search function for people with outstanding warrants. For example, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department website has a warrant search tool where you can check for active warrants. The more specific information you have, the better your search results will be. Most counties in California have similar search tools.
Some sites will have a search function where you just type in your name and see if a warrant comes up. Other websites will have a link to click on that will bring up everyone who has a warrant out for their arrest in the area. Some less densely populated areas or smaller towns may not have this information available on their website, in which case you may need to call to find out how to get the information you are seeking.
Some government agencies may charge for their warrant searching service.
What If You Have A Warrant In California
If you think you have a bench warrant or arrest warrant out on you, you should contact a lawyer immediately. The warrant may contain incorrect information, or you may not have committed the offense it accuses you of. Your best bet is to contact a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles right away.
Turning yourself into the court or into the police without an experienced criminal defense lawyer at your side could be one of the biggest mistakes you ever make. Your criminal defense attorney will know the most effective arguments and steps to take to resolve your case in a way that is in your best interests.
A bench warrant or arrest warrant will not simply go away. You need to deal with it, and deal with it with a criminal defense attorney at your side.
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Contact The Simmrin Law Group
If you suspect that you might have a bench warrant or arrest warrant out in your name, contact the Simmrin Law Group now — day or night. We can run a thorough warrant search for you to determine if there’s a warrant, what it’s for, what fines are involved, and much more. Sometimes we can even get the arrest warrant cleared up without you having to spend any time in jail.
If you need a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles, call the Simmrin Law Group at 310-997-4688 for a free consultation. We’re available to take your call 24/7. Don’t talk to the police until you talk to us.