How should I respond to a DUI warrant? 88 Answers as of June 14, 2013

How should I respond to a DUI warrant? Do I need an attorney right away?

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Law Office of Thomas A. Medford, Jr., PC
Law Office of Thomas A. Medford, Jr., PC | Thomas A. Medford, Jr.
My advise is to secure the services of an attorney who is skilled in defending people charged with DUI as soon as possible and to follow his or her advice and counsel in regard to the outstanding DUI warrant.
Answer Applies to: District of Columbia
Replied: 8/16/2012
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
If you need specific legal advice for your particular circumstances, I encourage you to privately consult with a lawyer. If you are charged with an offense and cannot afford to pay for your own defense, the court may appoint you an attorney payable at the public's expense. You have a right to counsel. Yes, I'd recommend you retain a lawyer and turn yourself in. If you cannot afford to retain a lawyer, I'd advise you to turn yourself in and request that the court appoint you a lawyer payable at the public's expense.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 7/20/2012
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
If you do not respond in some way you can be arrested at any time.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/26/2012
Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
You should at least consult an attorney right away and then after disclosing all the facts in detail decide whether to hire the attorney to represent you.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 6/21/2012
Law Office of William L Spern | William Spern
Yes. Either hire an attorney or get a court-appointed attorney NOW!
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/12/2012
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law | Gregory Casale
    Yes, hire a lawyer to go into court with you when you surrender yourself on the warrant.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 6/7/2012
    Law Office of Timothy M. Donahue | Timothy M. Donahue
    I suggest that you post what is called a no-arrest bond. You go to the bond company and then take the bond paperwork to the sheriff's office. You surrender to have fingerprints and photographs taken, and you leave the sheriff's office a few hours later without having been processed into the jail. It is in your best interest to be represented by a lawyer to help you with this case.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 6/5/2012
    Harrison & Harrison
    Harrison & Harrison | Samuel Harrison
    Yes.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/14/2013
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
    It is the police officer's job, through means that are fair, or unfair, legal, or seemingly illegal, honest, or dishonest, to make a case against you. Therefore, any contact with the police should be accompanied by someone on your side who is defending you. Otherwise, you are a sheep entering the lion's den. If your freedom and your record and any other consequence does not matter to you, then there is no need for an attorney. Otherwise, you would be best advised to have an attorney with you. I hope that this was helpful.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/5/2012
    Law Firm of Martin & Wallentine
    Law Firm of Martin & Wallentine | Jerry Lee Wallentine Jr.
    Yes. Get an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 6/4/2012
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    Get an attorney and go down to the courthouse and turn yourself in.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/2/2012
    Law Office of Michael E. Dailey
    Law Office of Michael E. Dailey | Michael E. Dailey
    Answer: Quickly. Yes. If you delay of taking care of the warrant you risk being arrested at any time and remanded to jail until a bond is set and posted. If you retain a lawyer now there is a possibility a surrender may be done without having to post bond or spending a lenghty time in jail. It may even be possible to resolve the case with an attorney involved before being surrendered.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 6/2/2012
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    I would talk with an attorney as soon as practical.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 6/1/2012
    Myles Hahn III Attorney at Law | Myles Hahn III
    Yes.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 6/14/2013
    Alvin Lundgren | Alvin Lundgren
    You should appear in court if you know the court, or call the police. You will be booked and given a court date. You may be released if you post a bond. At your first court appearance you can ask for an attorney. One will be appointed if you are poor, or if you can afford one you may choose a private attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 6/1/2012
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    Unless you have the money to post bail, it would be advisable to hire an attorney to represent you when you turn yourself into the sheriff in the county where the case is pending. Do NOT blow the warrant off, the police will find you eventually, so take care of this immediately.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 6/1/2012
    Law Office of Mark Bruce
    Law Office of Mark Bruce | Mark Corwin Bruce
    That would be a good idea. A lawyer would know how to get the warrant recalled without you going to jail.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/1/2012
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    I would say you should consult with an attorney for any DUI charge, since the potential consequences are so great.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 5/31/2012
    Law Office of Ronald G. Draper | Ronald G. Draper
    Hire a lawyer to represent you . It's your best chance to avoid staying in jail.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 5/31/2012
    Clos, Russell & Wirth, P.C. | Gary A. Russell
    Legal counsel is always recommended prior to answering a criminal charge. However, there is no requirement that you do so. In order to answer a warrant and have it removed, the charged person must appear in the court that issued the warrant to answer the charge and be arraigned. At the arraignment the court will read the formal charge(s) against the accused and ask the accused if they wish to plead guilty, not guilty, no contest (same as guility) or stand mute. If the person pleads not guilty or stands mute, the court will set the matter for pre-trial. The court will also determine bond conditions, which means the court must determine if the accused will be permitted to be free and not in custody pending the next court date and how much, if any, bond the accused must post in order to be allowed to be free while the matter is pending.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/31/2012
    The Short Law Group, P.C.
    The Short Law Group, P.C. | Shawn Kollie
    Once a warrant is issued, an individual will need to turn themselves in to jail, OR appear before a judge before the warrant will be lifted. It is always best to have an attorney who will help you wade through the complexities of your DUI case, as well as help reduce the amount of time you needlessly spend in custody. Contact a DUI Lawyer is your area with more specific questions.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 5/31/2012
    Harden Law Offices
    Harden Law Offices | Leonard D. Harden
    If you are being arrested, turn yourself in ASAP get charges and then contact best lawyer in your area.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 5/31/2012
    Glass Defense Firm
    Glass Defense Firm | Jason M. Glass
    Yes.
    Answer Applies to: West Virginia
    Replied: 6/14/2013
    Law office of Robert D. Scott | Robert Scott
    Surrendering on the warrant may prevent you from being incarcerated upon execution of the warrant. The court should give you time to get a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 5/31/2012
    Law Office of Gregory Crain | Gregory Crain
    Hire legal counsel immediately.
    Answer Applies to: Arkansas
    Replied: 6/14/2013
    Kalberg Law Office, L.L.C. | Chris Kalberg
    If you know that you have been charged with DUI, and there is a warrant for your arrest, you should contact counsel immediately. Counsel may be able to facilitate bond and/or otherwise ease the transition from warrant status and in any event the earlier you get an attorney involved the more effective they will be. Also, if you have been served with a DC-27 there is an administrative action pending that has strict time requirements to preserve you rights.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Anderson Law Office
    Anderson Law Office | Scott L. Anderson
    You should certainly talk with an attorney so you understand your rights and potential defenses.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    LEATHERS LAW FIRM
    LEATHERS LAW FIRM | A. Wade Leathers, Sr.
    Yes you need to consult an attorney right away.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Law Office of Michael R. Garber
    Law Office of Michael R. Garber | Michael R. Garber
    Normally you're given a ticket for a DWI. It sounds like to missed a court date and now have bench warrant for your arrest. You should contact the D.A. to make arrangements to appear in court. You probably should hire a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Gregory C. Graf
    Gregory C. Graf | Gregory C. Graf
    The smart move is to get an attorney right away. That way you are covered for the criminal case and the Department of Motor Vehicles revocation process. Also, your attorney will know how to obtain the evidence against you and should know what to look for to give you the best defense possible.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    Yes. Hire a lawyer who will arrange a surrender.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Conway Law Pllc.
    Conway Law Pllc. | B. L. Conway
    Yes: you need a lawyer ASAP. You can get up to a year with a $2500 fine and license suspension.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Hynum Law Office, LLC
    Hynum Law Office, LLC | G. Wayne Hynum
    I advise you to hire an attorney as soon as possible so your attorney has sufficient time to prepare before the hearing.
    Answer Applies to: Mississippi
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    Normally, what we do is get you in front of a judge to have the warrant taken back and set the matter for further proceeding.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Larry K. Dunn & Associates | Larry K. Dunn
    Your first contact with the criminal justice system is critical. Having an attorney from the beginning may help to insure a lower bail on the warrant and insure you are not subjected to questioning which could be incriminating. Your attorney can request full discovery from the prosecutor as early as possible. If you are going to hire an attorney, it makes sense to hire the attorney early in the process.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Dunnings Law Firm
    Dunnings Law Firm | Steven Dunnings
    Hire an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/14/2013
    Glojek Ltd | Joseph E. Redding
    Yes. Consult with an attorney immediately so you don't lose any potential defenses you may have.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Nichols Law Firm
    Nichols Law Firm | Michael J. Nichols
    Hire a qualified DUI attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/14/2013
    Healan Law Offices
    Healan Law Offices | William D. Healan, III
    Yes, you need to at least talk to an attorney to go over your options.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    The sooner the better, and hopefully before you get picked up and taken straight to jail after you run a red light. A lawyer can go to court without you to recall the warrant. That avoids the scenario where the Judges just takes you straight into custody.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    You mean a warrant because you missed a court appearance? Yes, get a lawyer and get it added to calendar. You can do it yourself or with the Public Defender also.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Law Office of Michael Morgan, l.L.C.
    Law Office of Michael Morgan, l.L.C. | Michael Morgan
    I think it is a good idea to have an attorney on a DUI case. If you qualify, you can have a public defender but a public defender won't handle the license revocation hearing at the Department of Licensing and may not handle a hearing to quash a bench warrant. You can post the bond associated with the warrant or call the court and find out their procedure for addressing the warrant. Most court have calendars dedicated to outstanding warrants.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    Yes, you really need to hire an attorney for this type of case. Maximum jail time is one year. You need to get the warrant quashed. This is best accomplished through an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    DUI warrant? If you actually mean there is an arrest warrant, because of your failure to appear in court, then to properly handle warrants, you must turn yourself into the issuing court, with or without an attorney, and try to negotiate a recall of the warrant[s] and a plea bargain on the new Failure to Appear charge. You'll try to negotiate bail reduction or OR release. You'll then try to negotiate a plea bargain or take to trial the outstanding charges that caused the warrant. Turning yourself in voluntarily will result in a better outcome than being brought in cuffs to court after arrest on the warrant. On misdemeanors alike DUI, your attorney can appear in court without the defendant being present, and any plea bargain deal could be handled by notarized paperwork. While this isn't a 'capital case', you face potential jail and fines, so handle it right. 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,. 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. If instead, you actually mean you got arrested for DUI and are to appear in court, then I can help you fight the criminal charges and get the best outcome possible. When arrested or charged with any crime, the proper questions are, can any evidence obtained in a test, search or confession be used against you, can you be convicted, and what can you do? Raise all appropriate defenses with whatever witnesses, evidence and sympathies are available for legal arguments, for evidence suppression or other motions, or for trial. While this isn't a 'capital case', you certainly face potential jail and fines, so handle it right. Effective plea-bargaining, using those defenses, could possibly reduce the potential time and other penalties you face. If you don't know how to represent yourself effectively against an experienced prosecutor intending to convict, then hire an attorney who does, who will try to get a dismissal, charge reduction, diversion, program, or other decent outcome through plea bargain, or take it to trial if appropriate. A little free advice: When arrested for DUI, whether alcohol or drugs, then upon release from jail or booking the defendant is given documents that include a notice that you have only ten days to file a request with DMV for a hearing on an appeal of an automatic one year suspension of your license imposed by DMV. That is separate and runs consecutively with any suspension that may be imposed by the court. Contact DMV and do so, timely, then appear at your scheduled DMV appeal hearing and present any supporting evidence and testimony. If you don't know how to do these things effectively, then hire an attorney that does.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    William L. Welch, III Attorney | William L. Welch, III
    You are supposed to surrender, but you should have a confidential consultation with a criminal defense attorney and try to retain one as soon as possible.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Law Office of James E. Smith
    Law Office of James E. Smith | James Smith
    Warrants usually mean that you're subject to arrest when you least expect it. Lawyer-up asap.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Law Offices of Scott G. Hilderman
    Law Offices of Scott G. Hilderman | Scott G. Hilderman
    You should hire an attorney to make arrangements to quash the warrant and schedule an initial appearance and review your case.
    Answer Applies to: Montana
    Replied: 6/14/2013
    The McDonnell Law Firm, PLLC
    The McDonnell Law Firm, PLLC | Patrick J. McDonnell
    I would get one right away. Although your right to counsel automatically applies when you are arrested with a warrant and police cannot question you, having a lawyer can protect you throughout the criminal justice process.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Shenberg Law Group, LLC | Alan M Shenberg
    You should get an attorney right away to protect your rights. The officer may have filled out a DPS 1205 Form and a request for a hearing needs to be filed within 10 days plus $150. If not, you may lose your license for a year without a limited permit.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Baner and Baner
    Baner and Baner | Jonathan Baner
    Honestly, probably not. You'll show up to an arraignment where, if you have no history, you'll likely be PR'd. Most DUI lawyers, however, are flat fee that includes the arraignment. So if you're looking to hire one the price would include the arraignment, and just because you go to it by yourself no one is likely to lower their fee amount. For lawyers an arraignment on a DUI case is usually a no issue hearing.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Natty Shafer Law
    Natty Shafer Law | Nathaniel Shafer
    Before you make any appearances in court, you will want an attorney. The sooner you get an attorney, the sooner they can start working for you. Also, please note that your driver's license could be suspended if you don't request a hearing with the DMV as soon as possible. You have 10 days to request a hearing, otherwise your license will be suspended automatically.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law | Mark Thiessen
    Warrant for your blood? You can't get an attorney at that point. They can just take your blood. Call an attorney asap when you get out of jail or are charged with a DWI.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A | R. Jason de Groot
    You do need an attorney right away. There usually is not a DUI warrant, offenders are arrested on the spot and taken to the county jail at least until the next morning.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Todd Landgren, Professional Law Corp.
    Todd Landgren, Professional Law Corp. | Todd Landgren
    If you have a warrant, one of three things will happen unless you or your attorney gets warrant recalled; (1) you will get stopped and arrested, (2) they will come to your house and arrest you or (3) come to your work and arrest you. Get an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Pearson, Butler, & Carson, PLLC
    Pearson, Butler, & Carson, PLLC | Matthew R. Kober
    You should hire an attorney and take care of it. The longer you wait, the more risk you have of getting pulled over at an inconvenient time and getting taken to jail. This seems to always happen on the weekend and you spend the entire weekend in jail because the courts are not open. Better to confront this and not let it get worse.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Law Office of Thomas J. Ogas
    Law Office of Thomas J. Ogas | Thomas Ogas
    You need to get an attorney lined up. You may also need to get a bail bondsman lined up. It depends on which court your in and what your record is. Some judges will require that you post bail when you show up, others may not.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Salladay Law Office | Lance Salladay
    If you are charged with a DUI you are better served to have an attorney from the beginning. You will need to comply with the warrant by making sure you appear when and where you are supposed to.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Bruce Plesser | Bruce Plesser
    I'd get one if I were you.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Germaine & Blaszka, P.A.
    Germaine & Blaszka, P.A. | Donald L. Blaszka, Jr.
    You should contact a local experienced DWI attorney to assist you in arranging your surrender on the warrant.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Aaron J. Boria, PLLC | Aaron Boria
    The sooner you have an attorney the better. There maybe valuable video footage available, but is often destroyed in time. An attorney can get that if it exists.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    I do not know what you mean by a DUI warrant. If you mean that you have been cited by the authorities for driving while intoxicated and have received a ticket, yes get an attorney right away.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq.
    Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq. | Jeffrey Lawrence Pollock
    Hire a lawyer to represent you at the Preliminary Hearing.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Gutin and Wolverton
    Gutin and Wolverton | Harley Gutin
    You should get an attorney's advice right away regarding the specific facts and circumstances surrounding your case and your prior record.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Kevin Smith, Attorney at Law
    Kevin Smith, Attorney at Law | Kevin Smith
    The wisest course of action would be to hire an attorney now so that he or She can arrange to turn you in and be present during any questioning. In particular, when the arrest is by a warrant it often means that blood or urine tests are involved, the admissibility of which your attorney will want to begin to challenge sooner rather than later.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Miller & Harrison, LLC
    Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
    Hire an attorney and have them help you through it.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 6/14/2013
    Anderson & Carnahan
    Anderson & Carnahan | Stephen Anderson
    Obviously you did not show up to court on your first appearance date and a warrant has been issued. Prior to posting bond you should consult with a knowledgeable attorney in your county to discuss your options.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Benjamin D Gordon, Attorney at Law
    Benjamin D Gordon, Attorney at Law | Benjamin D Gordon
    In my opinion, yes, you do need an attorney right away. The potential consequences, not just limited to fines and jail, are significant for DUIs, and the defense of a DUI charge is very technical.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Michael S. Edwards, Attorney at Law, PLLC | Mike Edwards
    Yes, it would serve you best to hire an attorney, particularly where you already have a warrant. Otherwise, you need to arrange to get into court, to deal with your warrant ASAP.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Ellman and Ellman PC
    Ellman and Ellman PC | Kevin Ellmann
    I would strongly suggest you get an experienced DUI defense attorney involved as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected throughout the process.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    The Law Offices of Victor J Mazzaraco
    The Law Offices of Victor J Mazzaraco | Victor J Mazzaraco
    No. Go to the arraignment and enter a not guilty plea. Ask the prosecutor what their offer is if you were to plead guilty to the charges. With this info you can decide if you need an attorney or not depending on how you feel about the proposed penalties.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Expert Bronx Criminal Lawyers
    Expert Bronx Criminal Lawyers | Alexander Sanchez
    Yes, otherwise you can be arrested anytime, and in any state, and be hauled before a court. Be sensible. Hire an attorney to arrange the lifting of the warrant, and then take care of the underlying charge.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 5/30/2012
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