Federal Arrest Warrant: What It Means & Your Next Steps

Among the many ways the Federal criminal process can commence in New York, New Jersey or any state, an arrest warrant is likely one of the worst. In lieu of speaking with you or your criminal attorney to attempt a pre-arrest or pre-indictment resolution, the United States Attorney’s Office has taken the steps to secure a warrant. In these situations, the government has presented some degree of evidence to a Grand Jury or a Federal judge and a determination has been made that there is probable cause to believe that you committed at least one Federal crime. Does this mean that because a warrant was is-sued you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt? No, but there is no question that Federal prosecutors want to see you in a courtroom and very likely seek that you stay in custody with a request for signifi-cant bail.

Although it should be fairly clear, if you find out you have a warrant prior to your arrest or after you are taken into custody, one of the first things you or your family should do is seek competent and knowl-edgeable counsel. An experienced attorney can help you through the process and answer any questions you may have. Equally important to your immediate predicament, your Federal criminal lawyer can ar-gue for reasonable bail, assist you in the bond process and do his or her best to arrange for your release. Beyond the bail process, once there is an arrest warrant, the US Constitution and federal law gives you the right to have an attorney represent you throughout the remainder of your case. How you and your lawyer determine what the best steps may be to fight your case or mitigate your conduct is something you will collectively decide.

Don’t let a warrant compound your criminal case or hinder your ability to implement a defense. Let Crotty Saland PC’s knowledge, experience and advocacy work for you.

Call the Federal criminal lawyers and former prosecutors at (212) 312-7129 or contact us online today.

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