Can I really be issued a warrant for internet fraud? 16 Answers as of June 18, 2013I was contacted Saturday that a warrant had been issued for my arrest regarding "internet check fraud." When I asked for the copy of the loan document, the person said it would be in the issuance package and that I will be arrested and I will be put in jail. I asked how this could be resolved and he informed me "money talks." I asked how much and he said 1000.00 by end of day and he could retract warrant. When I said there is no way I can come up with that kind of money he repeated YOU WILL be arrested and YOU WILL go to jail.
Natty Shafer Law | Nathaniel Shafer
It sounds like someone was trying to blackmail you, but they are unlikely to be connected with the police or the prosecutor and have no power to determine if you are arrested. If you are arrested, hire an attorney immediately.
Answer Applies to: Utah
Craig Epifanio, P.A. | Craig Epifanio
Yes you can be arrested for this, however, ONLY law enforcement can arrest you. Something sounds a little fishy so I suggest you talk to an attorney about something they may be doing such as violating the Fair Credit and Practices.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Universal Law Group, Inc. | Francis John Cowhig
Your question requires an attorney consultation. It is not a simple question that can be answered on this type of forum. There are many factors that would need to be considered and evaluated. First of all, since we do not have all the facts, it is not really possible to answer with complete accuracy. With that being said, this sounds a little bit like a scam or an attempt to extort money from you. Who was it that called you? What is their relationship to the crime or the issuance of the "warrant"? Did the victim of the alleged "internet fraud" contact you or was it a police officer? Although internet fraud is a crime, once an arrest warrant has been issued, the payment of money will not make the warrant go away. Only the judge issuing the warrant can recall it and the payment of $1,000.00 will have no effect on the judge's decision. I strongly suggest that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney for a face-to-face consultation and give him/her all of the facts surrounding your situation.
Answer Applies to: California
Law Office of Jared C. Winter | Jared C. Winter
Sounds like a scam. Only law enforcement can issue a warrant and it must be signed by a judge. Though I suppose it's possible that you are dealing with a dirty cop who wants to scare you into paying money, I don't think that is the likely scenario. What you are probably dealing with is an overly aggressive bill collector. In fact, if I'm right, then the bill collector is probably breaking federal law by threatening you that way and you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a consumer attorney in your area.
Answer Applies to: California
Tricia Dwyer, Esq. & Associates PLLC | Tricia Dwyer, Esq.
Whether or not you 'did something wrong', I recommend that you confer privately with an attorney with no delay. I recommend that you phone several attorneys in choosing, because it is important that you feel great trust in the attorney.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
It sounds like fraud. Companies cannot issue arrest warrants. Moreover, they cannot file charges. Given they lack that authority, they can't retract warrants either. The U.S. Constitution makes imprisonment for debt illegal. The whole thing sounds very fishy.
Answer Applies to: Washington