Arrest Warrant Guide

Colorado Arrest Warrants

It’s a fact of life that bad things happen to good people. You might have found yourself caught up in a situation where you were stopped for a DUI. Nobody was hurt and you were issued a ticket and sentence to mandatory treatment. That’s the law in Colorado. Suppose you paid the ticket but never went to the treatment. In that case, you could have a Colorado arrest warrant sworn out in your name. The next thing you know, you could be standing before another judge in deeper trouble with more fines all because you missed a two hour class. Sound crazy? It actually happens all the time.

Ignorance is not bliss
Just because you don’t think you deserve or need to do something that has been issued by the court doesn’t mean you can ignore your obligation. When evidence is presented before a judge where you have failed to comply with a court order, they will issue a Colorado bench warrant for your arrest.

If it has reached this point, this is not something that can be straightened out with a phone call or e-mail. You will be required to appear before the judge. If you don’t turn yourself into the court, you can, and often will be, arrested.

Bench warrant
Typically, with a Colorado bench warrant you might not have the police knocking down your door but that doesn’t mean they won’t be looking for you. Even though this might not be a priority with law enforcement a bench warrant will be part of your record. This can come into affect when you apply for a new job, a loan for a car or even to claim government issued disability or unemployment payments.

Arrest warrants (usually more serious)
Aside from violating a court order, you could also have a Colorado arrest warrant sworn out in your name if you are suspected in a crime. This doesn’t have to be something a series as a bank robbery or murder (although that applies) but could something you consider minor like getting into a fight with a stranger over a parking space or getting caught up in a road rage incident.

A witness can come forward and swear out a complaint that can in turn lead to a Colorado arrest warrant being issued in your name. Forget whether you are innocent; all you have to be is a suspect.

Make sure you look our for yourself
Of course none of this means you should be forced to barricade yourself into you home under fear of being arrested. If you have paid all your tickets and have never run afoul of the law or the courts, you should be safe. But if you have the least bit of doubt, you can conduct you own internet search for a Colorado arrest warrant that might have been issued in your name.

If you find such a warrant, you should contact a lawyer right away. Only a professional can help you clear you name in front of the judge. As with most other things in life, it is better to be safe than to be sorry.