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Attorney for Warrants in Palm Beach County

If you have an outstanding felony or misdemeanor warrant, then you are not alone. At last count, there were more than 53,000 active warrants filed by all law enforcement agencies in Palm Beach County. The Fugitive Warrants Unit of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office in West Palm Beach, FL, is responsible for the apprehension of persons considered to be fugitives from justice.

The unit assists federal, state and local agencies with the apprehension and extradition of fugitives, arranges prisoner transportation to and from out-of-county and out-of-state extraditions. The unit also handles extraditions of fugitives from other states who have been arrested in Palm Beach County. It assists other states who have arrested fugitives from Palm Beach County as well.

After you find out about an active warrant, it is important to act quickly to find a criminal defense attorney to represent you in the case. Having an outstanding warrant is dangerous because law enforcement officers will be looking for you. It is much better to retain an attorney and surrender at the jail rather then to wait for them to come find you at your home or work. If you are picked up out of county or out of state, you will be held in jail for even longer while awaiting transfer or extradition back to Palm Beach County, FL.

Also, when setting bond or the conditions of pre-trial release at your first appearance, the court will know whether you surrendered immediately on the warrant. By surrendering quickly, the court might give you more favorable release conditions when compared to a person that avoids taking care of the warrant and resolving the case.

The attorneys at McLaughlin Morris, P.A. in Delray Beach are experienced in representing clients throughout Palm Beach County including Delray Beach, West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth and Boca Raton. We also represent clients with criminal charges throughout South Florida including Broward County and Miami-Dade County.

We are particularly experienced in helping clients with outstanding misdemeanor and felony warrants. Call an attorney immediately after finding out that you have an outstanding warrant, capius, bench warrant, or failure to appear warrant. We are also experienced in representing clients with a “hold” for another county or who are awaiting extradition to south Florida.

The attorney that you hire should act quickly to help you determine the best way to resolve the warrant while you fight for the best results in fighting the underlying case. The decisions that you make in the beginning of the case might make a huge difference in how the case is ultimately resolved. Call (561) 404-0529 today.


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Arrest Warrant in Palm Beach County, FL

In many cases, the criminal charges begin with a person being notified by law enforcement that a warrant has been issued for their arrest. During those early stages of the case, the law enforcement officer might ask the person to “come into the office” to talk about the case. After an interrogation, the officer will then serve the warrant.

Any statements made will be used against the person accused. Once you know that law enforcement has begun a criminal investigation and that you are suspected of wrongdoing, never make a statement that might incriminate you. Instead, simply say "I'm taking the 5th until after I talk with my attorney." Even if you are completely innocent of any wrongdoing, it is usually best to hire an attorney who can present evidence in mitigation and tell your side of the story.

The attorney can contact law enforcement to find out what the warrant is for and the bond amount on the warrant. Your attorney can negotiate the terms of your surrender at the jail so that things go quickly and safely. If the bond is set to high, the attorney can argue at first appearance for a much lower bond or a release on recognizance (ROR) bond so that you might not have to pay any money to be released. In many cases, the attorney can save you money that might otherwise be wasted on a bail bondsman.


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Failure to Appear Warrant in Palm Beach County, FL

If you failed to appear in court then the judge probably issued a “failure to appear” warrant from the bench. These warrants are often called the FTA warrant. The bond is usually quite high after a missed court date even on a misdemeanor (if you get a bond at all). Many warrants for failure to appear in misdemeanor charges have a “no bond” provision which means you can not bond out.

On felony charges, the court will typically issue a “no bond” warrant after a missed court date.

Criminal defense attorneys can help you resolve an outstanding warrant for missing a court date. In many cases, judges have special procedures for dealing with a FTA warrant that are difficult for an unrepresented person to figure out. Call us to find out more.


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Extradition to or From Palm Beach County, FL

The Fugitive Warrant Unit of the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office helps local, state and federal law enforcement agencies apprehend and extradite fugitives. It also arranges prisoner transportation to and from out-of-county and out-of-state extraditions. The warrant unit in Palm Beach County also handles extraditions of fugitives from other states who have been arrested in Palm Beach County, and assists other states who have arrested fugitives from Palm Beach County.

If you have a felony warrant out of Palm Beach County and you live out of state, then contact us before you are picked up on the warrant. We can help you determine the fastest, safest and most effective way to resolve the warrant before you are picked up out of state and held for extradition. If you are already being held for extradition, we can begin working on your case in Palm Beach County and fighting for your release.

Read another article about the strategies of our attorneys for extradition cases in Palm Beach County, FL.


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Additional Resources

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office - Fugitive Warrant Unit - The Fugitive Warrant Unit of the Palm Beach County Police Department uses experienced employees including several warrants specialists, a criminal analyst, civilian supervisors, detectives, a sergeant and a lieutenant to maintain and serve active warrants. The Fugitive Warrant Unit in West Palm Beach also enters and removes all warrants from NCIC, the PALMS, or the Clerk of Courts including both the county court clerk and the circuit court clerk. Not all traffic and misdemeanor warrants are validated and placed in NCIC or FCIC by the warrant unit in Palm Beach County. Instead, the warrant might be put in a file until it is executed. Visit the website for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office to learn more about how to surrender on an outstanding warrant and post a cash bond. Call the Warrants Bureau in West Palm Beach, FL, at (561) 688-3930.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County - Visit the website for Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County, Inc., to see a list of the fugitives most wanted by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. The website lets the public provide tips and collect rewards. Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County, Inc., is a civilian volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created through the efforts of the Chiefs of Police Association and Crime Prevention Officers Association (C.P.O.A.). Sgt. Jim DeFago founded the Student Crime Stoppers in January 1994 which serves 180 middle schools and high schools in Palm Beach County.


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Finding a Lawyer for a Warrant in Palm Beach County

If you have an outstanding felony or misdemeanor warrant in Palm Beach County, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at McLaughlin Morris, P.A.. We can help you determine whether the warrant actual exists and the amount of bond attached to the warrant, if any. We can contact law enforcement on your behalf to help you invoke your right to remain silent.

We can negotiate your surrender so that things go smoothly and safely for you and anyone else involved. We work hard to help our clients resolve an outstanding capius, arrest warrant, bench warrant, failure to appear warrant, or fugitive warrant. We are also experienced in helping when a interstate hold between counties is served or when the person is awaiting extradition back to Florida.

Call (561) 404-0529 today to talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney at McLaughlin Morris, P.A. about your case. We can begin your defense today.

This article was last updated on Monday, August 24, 2015.

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