TCPalm.com reported on December 4 that a 39-year-old man was arrested in the 4500 block of Southeast Chatham Avenue in Stuart in Martin County. The man was wanted based on warrants issued in Broward County related to attempted sexual battery, burglary with battery, and battery with prior conviction.
Three days later, the Watertown Daily Times reported that state police in Massena, New York, arrested a 52-year-old Ontario woman based on another warrant from Broward County. According to the Times, the woman was being held without bond on a felony charge of violating probation and she was serving a sentence for exploiting an elderly person, second-degree grand theft, and forgery.
Both of these cases demonstrate that warrant information is shared by law enforcement agencies nationwide. People who have active warrants for their arrest cannot hide and simply hope to wait out warrants, as there are only two possible ways that warrants go away: with a warrant being recalled by a judge or the alleged offender being placed under arrest.
Broward County Arrest Warrant Lawyer
Just as people may be arrested in other jurisdictions for warrants issued in Broward County, individuals can also be taken into custody in Broward County based on warrants issued in other counties or states. Generally, the most common types of warrants include:
- Bench Warrants — Warrants are issued by judges (from “the bench”) because of failure to appear (FTA) for scheduled court dates, failure to pay fines, or other violations of court orders;
- Direct File Arrest Warrants — Often another type of FTA warrant, direct file warrant are commonly issued after alleged offenders have failed to appear after being issued summons in direct information cases filed by the State Attorney’s Office (such cases frequently involve alleged driving under the influence (DUI) crimes in which key evidence was obtained after the dates of the alleged crimes); and
- Probation Violation Warrants — A probation officer may file a violation affidavit with the court and a judge can issue a warrant for a person’s arrest when the individual allegedly violates the terms of his or her probation.
If you think or know that a warrant has been issued in Broward County for your arrest, it is in your best interest to immediately retain legal counsel for help achieving the most favorable possible resolution to your case. An experienced criminal defense attorney can file a petition for the withdrawal of an improperly issued warrant or negotiate the terms of your surrender in order to avoid you having to experience the embarrassment of an arrest in a public location such as your workplace.
Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer Evan A. Hoffman represents clients in Hallandale Beach, Margate, Dania Beach, Lauderhill, and many surrounding areas of Broward County. He also has experience handling these types of cases on the other side of the aisle as a former Assistant State Attorney for the Broward County State Attorney’s Office. You can have our attorney review your case and answer all of your legal questions when you call (954) 524-4474 to schedule a free consultation.