A warrant is a court order issued on a probable cause, authorizing law enforcement officers to arrest an individual and present him before the court [source: Business Dictionary]. One may have an active arrest warrant for many reasons, ranging from speeding tickets to forgetting to pay a fine. There may be circumstances when the person doesn't even know there is a warrant against him/her. If you have the slightest doubt that there may be an arrest warrant issued against you in a court of law, you should try to find out about it and take legal steps to avoid arrest or other complications. Here is how you can find out if there is a warrant against you.
- Check GovernmentRegistry.org. You can search this online registry for all public records, including warrants against anyone. GovernmentRegistry.org has gathered millions of records in one database and has made hiring an investigator unnecessary [source: GovernmentRegistry].
- Contact the court directly. Not only is this method time saving, it's also accurate. There is very little room for error as you're getting the information directly from the source. If you think there is a federal warrant outstanding, you will have to contact the federal court.
- Hire an attorney or a private detective. Attorneys have access to databases that are not available to the general public. Of course hiring an attorney will cost money, but you will be assured of getting the information you are looking for [source: free-advice].
- Don't approach a police officer to check if there's an arrest warrant against you. Why take the chance that he will first put you under arrest, whether or not you have a warrant, and investigate later?