If you have an active arrest warrant it means you could be arrested at any time and in any place. Imagine getting pilled over with your family in the vehicle and going to jail or having the police show up at your home or place of business and being arrested in front of your family or co-workers. The only way to avoid this with certainty is to get the warrant withdrawn which may lead you to wonder “ Can my attorney get my warrant withdrawn in Nebraska?
Under most circumstances the subject of an arrest warrant is aware the warrant exists; however, it is possible to be unaware that a warrant has been issued for your arrest. An arrest warrant could be issued for a number of reasons, the most common reasons being:
- Ongoing investigation – when law enforcement officers believe they have enough evidence to arrest a suspect they present that evidence to a judge or magistrate in the form of a probable cause affidavit. The judge is then asked to sign an arrest warrant.
- Failure to appear – if you fail to appear as scheduled, for a pre-trial conference, a trial, even as a witness in someone else’s trial, the judge may issue an arrest warrant.
- Probation violation – if you are on probation and your probation officer believes you have violated one of the terms of your probation a notice of that alleged violation will be filed with the court. The judge will then issue a notice to appear or a warrant for your arrest.
- Violation of release conditions – if you paid a bond to effectuate your release after being arrested for a criminal offense you are required to abide by several conditions of your release. If you violated one of those conditions the court may issue a warrant for your arrest.
Whether or not your attorney is able to get the arrest warrant withdrawn will depend on many factors; however, there is no doubt that having an attorney on your side gives you a better chance of having the warrant withdrawn. If there are legitimate grounds for the warrant you will likely have to surrender to the court first. Your attorney can arrange for this to occur at a time that is more convenient for you and your attorney will be prepared with an argument to avoid your detention and/or to get the court to order the lowest bond possible.
Without an attorney you risk being arrested at any time and with anyone present. You also risk the court deciding to keep you in jail by setting a bond amount that is too high for you and your loved ones to post.
If you have been made aware that you have an active arrest warrant in Nebraska contact Petersen Criminal Defense Law 24 hours a day at 402-509-8070 to discuss your case with an experienced criminal defense attorney.