Clearing Old Warrants in Ohio
There could be various reasons why you might have a warrant out for your arrest. Sometimes, you may not even know one was issued until you are in custody. It could be as serious as a felony charge, or as minor as unpaid traffic tickets. Whatever the reason, having a warrant against you is a serious legal matter hanging over your head that will not go away on its own. In fact, the longer you wait, the worse it will be. If you are worried about old warrants coming back to haunt you in Northeast Ohio, a Cleveland criminal defense lawyer can help.
Call The Law Office of Daniel M. Margolis, LLC today at 216-533-9533 for a free and confidential consultation about what can be done in your case.
How Do I Find Out if I Have an Outstanding Warrant in Cleveland?
The process of finding out if you have a warrant against you in Cleveland or Cuyahoga County is relatively straightforward. You can use the municipal court search page, or you can go to the courthouse and ask the clerk at 1200 Ontario Street, Level 3. Another option is to call the Cleveland Municipal Court at (216) 664-4790 and ask them to search the database for you.
Many people are surprised to find out there is a warrant for their arrest. This is because they assume warrants are only issued after a crime is committed. But a warrant might be issued for any of the following reasons:
- You are suspected of committing a felony or misdemeanor
- You have violated the terms of your probation
- You have unpaid fines or court fees
- You have violated a court order
- You did not pay child support
A warrant may show up in background checks if you apply for a job, and if you think you can outrun or outlast the warrant, think again. There is no expiration date on warrants, and the police in other jurisdictions will know about the warrant too. This means that you could get stopped anywhere in the country if you have a warrant in Cleveland.
What Can I Do About an Old Warrant?
There are several ways a Cleveland criminal defense attorney can assist you with an outstanding warrant. The best way forward depends on the circumstances of your case, including how long ago the warrant was issued, and for what reason. Generally, a lawyer will advise you to turn yourself into the authorities to clear a warrant–but this doesn’t mean giving up on your case. Your lawyer will act as an intermediary between you and the authorities and advocate for the best possible outcome for you.
For example, if you have unpaid court fees or child support, your lawyer may be able to negotiate a repayment plan. If you are facing criminal charges, your lawyer will be at your side during the arraignment and preliminary hearing, where it may be possible to argue for the dismissal of your case. Your prospects cannot possibly improve if you don’t do anything about your warrant. But if you turn yourself in and have a good lawyer by your side at every step of the process, you have a good chance of avoiding the worst consequences of having a warrant against you.
Contact Attorney Daniel M. Margolis
Finding out that you have an old warrant can be a nerve-wracking experience. That’s why at The Law Offices of Daniel M. Margolis, LLC, we emphasize communication with our clients and decisive action from the earliest stages of the criminal justice process. We will do everything in our power to give you peace of mind, and to help you avoid criminal penalties.
Call us today at 216-533-9533 to tell us about your case. We offer free initial consultations and aggressively pursue the best possible outcomes in every case.