How can I have a warrant for my arrest dismissed? 55 Answers as of July 08, 2013

How can I have a warrant for my arrest dismissed?

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Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
Have a court appearance scheduled and have your attorney address it with the judge.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/24/2011
Theodore W. Robinson, P.C.
Theodore W. Robinson, P.C. | Theodore W. Robinson
The only way a Warrant iswithdrawn is to answer it in person. Go to the Court that issued it and ask for itto be withdrawn and bring bail with you to make sure they don't keep you. It would be good to have an attorney with you as well. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 7/19/2011
Gregory Casale Attorney at Law
Gregory Casale Attorney at Law | Gregory Casale
The only way to have a warrant removed is to appear in court to sunder yourself. In some instances, where the charges are minor misdemeanors an attorney can appear on your behalf, if there are logistical reasons why you cannot appear yourself.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Replied: 7/3/2013
Lacy Fields, Attorney at Law, LLC
Lacy Fields, Attorney at Law, LLC | Lacy Fields
If an attorney enters on your case, they can often have the warrant recalled (aka quashed, cancelled) However, if you have failed to appear to court dates several times, or if it is a serious crime, they may refuse to recall the warrant. They may at least want you to turn yourself in to be booked, processed, and then cut loose.
Answer Applies to: Missouri
Replied: 7/18/2011
Castleberry & Elison
Castleberry & Elison | Peter Castleberry
In most cases, the only way to clear up an arrest warrant is to turn yourself in and appear before a judge on the warrant. Depending on the what the warrant is for, your lawyer may be able to arrange for you to appear on the warrant without being taken into custody. If the warrant was issued in error, the judge should dismiss the warrant at the time of your appearance.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 7/18/2011
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    Wheater you can get the warrant dismissed depends on the facts. You need a good attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/18/2011
    Law Office of Michael Brodsky
    Law Office of Michael Brodsky | Michael Brodsky
    An arrest warrant can be "quashed", usually by appearing in court and explaining why you missed court or failed to respond to a summons. But often showing up, particularly if you are unrepresented, could end you up in jail or at least needing to post bail. A good attorney can minimize the chances of that happening or at least argue for a release on personal recognizance or lower bail. *Please note that this is not legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/16/2011
    Attorney at Law
    Attorney at Law | Steven C. Bullock
    You cannot have a "warrant" issued by a judge dismissed without appearing in court and confronting the issues involved. You need to contact an attorney immediately.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/16/2011
    Goolsby Law Office
    Goolsby Law Office | Richard Goolsby
    > We recommend you retain a criminal defense attorney and discuss all the facts and reasons why you contend there is a deficiency in the warrant. Your lawyer will discuss with you all your rights and options. Good luck!
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 7/16/2011
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    If it is because you did not appear in court, schedule a court appearance and go.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Bloom Legal, LLC
    Bloom Legal, LLC | Seth J. Bloom
    You will first need grounds for the warrant to be dismissed. If a warrant was issued for your arrest for a situation such as missing a court date, etc then you may want to consider hiring a local attorney to represent you. It may be possible for your attorney to contact the courts and negotiate that the warrant be dismissed in return for your promise to appear in court at a later date and/or pay fines.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
    Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
    Either you or your attorney should go to the court to vacate the warrant.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/19/2011
    Law Office of Andrew Subin
    Law Office of Andrew Subin | Andrew Subin
    You have to appear in court to quash the warrant.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    Retain our office and we will surrender you and fight the charges.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    7-14-11I assume that you are referring to an unexecuted warrant. It is very difficult to have a warrant withdrawn and requires an order from the judge having jurisdiction over the Court where the offense would be heard.If you canno get the warrant withdrawn you should surrender yourself to the docket room of the jail where the offense occurs and bond yourself out, the warrant will then not be active and you can resolve same in the Court.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Harden Law Offices
    Harden Law Offices | Leonard D. Harden
    If a warrant has issued, then you will need to be arrested and processed. After you will be arraigned and finally you will have a trial date. The case can be dismissed only after you have been formally charged and arraigned. I would advise you to turn yourself in ASAP, making sure that there will be a judge available to set bail, ie. turning self in on a Friday night might result in spending the weekend in jail. I frequently will have my clients turn self in at an agreed upon time to make sure police know he is coming and are prepared to process him quickly and efficiently. Get the best lawyer you can, as getting cases dismissed is difficult. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Pontrello Law
    Pontrello Law | William Pontrello
    Turn yourself in. Get processed.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 7/25/2011
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
    Only the prosecuting attorney could recall the warrant. Generally, if the warrant is issued, you will be arrested. You will then have the opportunity to defend against the charges and depending on the defense could have the charges dismissed.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Law Office of Roianne H. Conner
    Law Office of Roianne H. Conner | Roianne Houlton Conner
    You can not. It must be dismissed by a Court.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Attorney at Law
    Attorney at Law | Michael J. Kennedy
    I'm not clear of your meaning. If a warrant exists, it will stay there until served, which requires appearance in court. Appearance evaporates the warrant; non-appearance will result in the warrant staying there interminably.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    If there is a warrant for your arrest you should retain an experienced criminal attorney to surrender you to the police. The warrant cannot be dismissed, it will be active until it is withdrawn or vacated by the judge.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Michael R. Nack, Attorney at Law
    Michael R. Nack, Attorney at Law | Michael R. Nack
    In many cases an attorney representing you can have a warrant recalled and vacated by entering an appearance as your attorney in the pending case. Naturally, you will need to hire the attorney first. In other cases, it may be necessary to set up a "voluntary surrender" in order for the attorney to make arrangements for bond. In these cases the attorney can absolutely minimize the amount of time that the client must be in custody. I have handled hundreds of these situations in the thirty-three years that I have been practicing law.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Law Offices of Marshall Tauber
    Law Offices of Marshall Tauber | Marshall Tauber
    Hire a well connected attorney who has friends in the local police department & the prosecutor's office, otherwise, hire a well qualified attorney (who may not necessarily be the well connected attorney) to represent you with passion and competence who will do what it take to win your case.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Smith & John
    Smith & John | Kenneth Craig Smith, Jr.
    Get the District Attorney to file a motion with the court to recall the bench warrant. Unless it were issued in error, it is not something that can be done very quickly if at all.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Law Office of Neal L. Weinstein
    Law Office of Neal L. Weinstein | Neal L. Weinstein
    Take care of the underlying court case that was the reason for the warrant. If you failed to appear, appear at the Court, if you failed to pay a fine, pay it. You should call the clerk's office and contact a reputable attorney to help you find out the reason for the warrant issuing.207-934-2173.
    Answer Applies to: Maine
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Frances R. Johnson
    Frances R. Johnson | Frances R. Johnson
    Get an attorney who can look into the situation to see if the warrant can be cleared or if you have to turn yourself in for the warrant to be cleared.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC | Martina A. Vigil
    You can appear at the courthouse and ask the judge to recall the warrant; however, you run the risk of being detained. You can hire an attorney to go to court for you.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    This question is really not answerable. What is the warrant for? Why do you think that it can / should just be dismissed? Generally, one must make a bond and address the case while on bond. You MIGHT be able to hire a lawyer to get a dismissal IF it is a case that should not have been filed. Otherwise, you will have to make a bond, hire a lawyer, and deal with the case.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Brucar & Yetter, P.C.
    Brucar & Yetter, P.C. | Wayne Brucar
    You can't. The only thing you can do is surrender on it. A local attorney can help make the logistics as easy as possible. Please understand that answering this doesn't create an attorney/client relationship between us, and as hard as I try to answer your question well, it isn't legal advice. No matter how much information you put into a question, the answers you are going to get are still going to be vague. It is in your interest to contact a lawyer, most of whom will do a free consultation. Even 15 minutes with a lawyer is going to produce a more specific answer to your problem.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    To handle a warrant, you must turn yourself into the court, with or without an attorney, and try to negotiate a recall of the warrant and a plea bargain on the Failure to Appear charge and any outstanding charges that caused the warrant. Doing so voluntarily will result in a better outcome than being brought in cuffs to court after arrest on the warrant. Effective plea-bargaining, using whatever legal defenses, facts and sympathies there may be, could possibly keep you out of jail/prison, or at least dramatically reduce it. If this is a felony, the defendant must be personally present at every court hearing and appearance. If this is a misdemeanor, the attorney can appear in court without the defendant being present. Unless you're competent to effectively represent yourself in court against a professional prosecutor trying to put you in jail, most people hire an attorney who can.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Fitzpatrick, Mariano, & Santos, PC
    Fitzpatrick, Mariano, & Santos, PC | Raymond J. Savoy
    You cannot have a warrant dismissed. You must address the issues you have with the warrant in court.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    It won't be easy unless there is some deficiency, procedural problem, or not based on probable cause or not enough probable cause or reliable evidence to issue one. If that is the case, then you could make a motion to quash the warrant. Otherwise, if the warrant is valid, then you will have to turn yourself in and resolved the matter that way. seek out an experienced criminal attorney to review the matter to help you decide on the best course of action.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law | Jules Fiani
    In order to have a DUI dismissed, you will need to hire a criminal defense attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/8/2013
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation | Paul Wallin
    You can only have a warrant for your arrest dismissed by appearing in court and asking the court recall the warrant. The problem with doing this without a lawyer is that all warrants have a "bail amount" and you run the real risk of being taken into custody until you post the bail amount. Many times a lawyer can appear in court for you (and if a misdemeanor warrant) you may not have to even appear in person. The lawyer can ask the judge to recall the warrant and enter a plea of not guilty and then defend you in your case. You should never attempt to go to court on your own to recall a warrant without knowing what the bail amount on the warrant is.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Law Offices of Elliott Zarabi
    Law Offices of Elliott Zarabi | Elliott Zarabi
    It's not that simple of an answer! You would first have to tell me what it's about.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    A warrant does not get "dismissed". It can go "un-executed" or abandoned, but not dismissed. You can also have a warrant overruled by a higher court.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Law Offices of Phil Hache
    Law Offices of Phil Hache | Phil Hache
    Usually the warrant will need to be addressed in Court to have it recalled and quashed. What is the warrant for? I would recommend discussing your situation with an attorney in more detail as there are some variables to consider depending on the parameters of your case.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Law Offices of Matthew Murillo
    Law Offices of Matthew Murillo | Matthew Murillo
    Show up to court. Have the judge recall and quash the warrant. Resolve the underlying situation. I would suggest you have an attorney help you. It may be best, depending on the underlying charges and your circumstances. Otherwise, a valid warrant won't be dismissed simply because you ask for it to be dismissed.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    If a warrant has been issued, it will need to be served. You may not have much success getting the warrant dismissed as a Judge has authorized its issuance and you wold need to be brought before the Judge. If the facts leading up to the issuance of the warrant are faulty, then the Judge who issued the warrant would need to be informed by way of a Motion to Quash the warrant. A hearing would need to be held where the faulty facts are disclosed. If the Judge agrees the facts were faulty, he could dismiss the warrant.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    You need to go to court and show proof that the warrant was issued in error.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    A.L.A. Law Group, LLP
    A.L.A. Law Group, LLP | Lauren M. Mayfield
    You need to speak with an attorney immediately so you can have the attorney with you when you surrender yourself. Until you speak with an attorney and surrender yourself you should be very cautious and avoid driving or being out as much as possible as you will get arrested and taken into custody if you are stopped by law enforcement. Unless your criminal defense attorney advises your otherwise after knowing more facts about your charges you should not make any statements to the police or DA. Anything you say is used against you and in most cases will only make your case worse. You should have a consultation with a criminal defense attorney immediately so they can advise you on the specific charges.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    The word you are looking for is "quashed." While I have heard people say "squashed" and one guy even say "squished" the legal term has significance and it is "quashed." In order to get an arrest warrant quashed, you must appear in the court that issued it and turn yourself in. The court will then entertain a motion by you for release. Be prepared to be taken into custody and at a minimum be fingerprinted and photographed. In the alternative, you could hire an attorney to bring a motion with the court to quash the warrant but that will cost you. The main thing you should remember is to remain silent and ask to speak with an attorney if the police arrest you. Be polite and respectful. Don't argue with them. Just go quietly and keep your mouth shut except for requesting an attorney. Also, if you regularly carry weapons or drugs on your person, stop. There's nothing more damaging to a person to be arrested or taken into custody in court with drugs or weapons on them. Better still, if there is evidence or a crime such as videos or pictures, you can't destroy it but you shouldn't carry it around or have any of the above in your vehicle. You should retain a good defense attorney if you can afford it as soon as possible. A good defense attorney will run interference with the police and assert your rights for you.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    You probably mean "quashed" rather than "dismissed". Depending upon the charge, it may or may not be difficult to have the warrant quashed. Generally, the easiest thing to do is contact the court wherein the case was filed. Tell the clerk your situation. The courts have special calendars for defendants to appear on and request their warrants be quashed. The court will give you the date and you will appear and address the issue before the judge. In the more severe cases, you may not be able to do this; in which case, you may first have to turn yourself into the police, whereupon they will take you into custody, and after doing that, the court will set a hearing. In either case, the court could quash the warrant upon your promise to appear at all future court dates. This is what is referred to as being "PRed". The judge also has the option of setting a bail amount to insure that you will appear in the future. If you cannot post the bond/bail amount, then you remain in jail.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Eric J Schurman, Attorney at Law
    Eric J Schurman, Attorney at Law | Eric James Schurman
    you can post the bail amount or turn yourself in to jail. Certainly, you should hire a lawyer to help you deal with the criminal charges.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Rothstein Law PLLC
    Rothstein Law PLLC | Eric Rothstein
    You have to get it vacated. You would need an attorney to try and do that.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Law Offices of Scott G. Hilderman
    Law Offices of Scott G. Hilderman | Scott G. Hilderman
    The term is quashed. You would need to file a motion to quash the warrant.
    Answer Applies to: Montana
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC | Rankin Johnson IV
    A warrant is a judge's permission to do something, like arrest you or search your house. Warrants aren't 'dismissed.' They are 'executed,' meaning they are used, or they are 'recalled,' which renders them invalid. If the warrant in your case is executed, it will mean the police arrest you. You might be held in jail or released, depending on what the warrant is for. It may be that your attorney could arrange for a hearing to recall the warrant, but that is hard to do without you going to the police or jail and turning yourself in. You should talk to a lawyer about it. /s/ Rankin Johnson IV
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Wallin & Klarich
    Wallin & Klarich | Stephen D. Klarich
    Depending on the warrant- the only way is to appear so the warrant is RECALLED- if it's a misdemeanor or a felony- you will have to appear to get the warrant recalled (or hire counsel to do it for you) and then deal with the consequences of failing to appear that created a warrant. If merely on a traffic ticket, you would still have to get the warrant recalled or risk losing your privilege to drive as DMV will likely suspend your license until the warrant is recalled and fines paid
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    You or your attorney has to go to court and get the Judge to "recall" the warrant (there is no such thing as "dismissing" a warrant).
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/15/2011
    Law Office of Joe Dane
    Law Office of Joe Dane | Joe Dane
    Warrants don't go away unless a judge recalls it or you're arrested on it. You don't say why a warrant was issued for you, but either you're going to have to appear in court (with your lawyer) or in certain circumstances, your attorney may be able to appear for you. Find a local criminal defense attorney to discuss the situation face to face.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/15/2011
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