Trying to search for a warrant in LA criminal or traffic courts because you need to clear it? Well, what you really want is information on the case that might have a warrant issued from it. Once you have the case details, like the courthouse assignment, the charges, and the bail amount, you can start solving the problem. Here is what you need to know to get that information.
Warrants are court orders issued from the court to law enforcement agencies. Most of the time, warrants are issued because of a problem in a case such as a missed court date (Bench Warrant), or blown deadline to complete some term of probation (Arrest Warrant).
Because of that, the best place to look for warrant information is in the court where the case is pending.
The court, and more specifically, the court clerk’s office, is the only reliable source of information on a warrant. Do not trust information about warrants that you get from friends, neighbors, DMV, the post office or from your nightmares.
Every court has a clerks office that handles the courts records and schedules. All Warrants come from pending cases, and are generally issued by either the Criminal Division of a Court, or the Traffic Court Division. To get information on a warrant, a person should contact the court clerk for the appropriate division. If you are not sure which division to check with, check both.
Keep in mind that in LA county there are many, many courthouses. To get detailed information, you will need to identify which courthouse the case is pending in.
|Usually in Los Angeles, for example, you can call any of the courthouses to find out which courthouse your case is in, but you will have to contact the right courthouse to get detailed information on the case or warrant that will allow you to solve the problem.||
The information a person needs about a warrant to clear it is generally: 1) the case number; 2) the charges; 3) the amount of the bail on the warrant; and 4) how to get a court date to ask for recall of the warrant.
This information can generally be obtained over the phone by calling the court clerks office. But not always. Going to the court clerks office in person is the best way to get detailed information about a warrant case.If you know it is not a traffic court matter (such as a theft charge or felony) you can check with the criminal division clerks office. All felonies are in the criminal division. Some misdemeanor warrants are in the Traffic Court Division – for example a warrant for a missed court date on a suspended drivers license charge (Vehicle Code section 14601.1) may be in the Traffic Division.
It is always best just to go personally to the courthouse where you think there is a problem or pending case and have the court clerk run a check. Lines are shorter in the afternoon, so that is a good time to go.
You can look up traffic court cases in Los Angeles on the court’s web site, but not in the criminal division. For criminal division case warrants in LA Superior Court, you have to call the court clerk’s office.
Once you have the information about where the warrant case is pending, what the charges are, what the bail is set at, you have the info needed to solve the problem. If you take voluntary action solve a warrant problem, you can avoid the worst consequences. Most people who take care of misdemeanor warrant problems correctly in California, including DUI warrants in Los Angeles or Orange County, avoid jail time.
For many types of misdemeanor warrant problems in California Court, an attorney can appear in court and start the warrant recall process for a defendant who stays home or goes to work. Many misdemeanor warrant cases can be resolved by a Defense Attorney without his/her client having to go to court at all, post bail or go to jail.
For this reason, once you get the case details, it’s a great idea to talk to an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney to find out if they could do the hard work for you.
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