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San Diego Arrest Warrants Attorney

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Don’t put your life on hold and constantly look over your shoulder. If you are the subject of an outstanding warrant, contact our San Diego arrest warrants attorney. The law firm of George H. Ramos, Jr. & Associates can help.

Learning you are the subject of an outstanding warrant can be an overwhelming and frightening experience. However, while ignoring the situation seems like the preferable option, individuals who do so are only postponing the inevitable; the law always catches up to you. Our experienced San Diego criminal defense lawyer will assist you in tackling the matter head-on, so you can get back to living the life you deserve.

The stress and anxiety of dodging a warrant can take its toll. Every day you wait may increase the seriousness of the consequences you will eventually be forced to face. San Diego warrants attorney George H. Ramos, Jr. can minimize the consequences of the situation by personally appearing before the court on your behalf. Mr. Ramos can have the warrant recalled and convince the judge to reduce bail or grant an OR release.

Stop hiding and take control of your life. Contact George H. Ramos, Jr. & Associates today. Our office is bilingual and can speak both English and Spanish.


California Warrants

In California, there are two types of warrants a judge can issue authorizing the arrest of an individual: arrest warrants and bench warrants.

Arrest Warrants

An arrest warrant is a court order authorizing law enforcement officers to take an individual into custody and detain him or her pending a court hearing on the matter. It is issued by a judge upon a showing of probable cause that the named individual committed a particular crime. Generally, officers need not obtain a warrant before arresting a person in a public place. The law requires officers to have an arrest warrant to effect a nonemergency arrest of an individual in his or her own home.

When the court issues an arrest warrant, the judge will specify the individual’s bail on the warrant itself. Unless the charge is an offense that precludes bail, the amount will be listed on the warrant. For all bailable offenses, individuals are entitled to post bail. Even if they are picked up on the warrant instead of turning themselves indirectly to the court, they are entitled to post bail.

Felony warrants may be served at any hour, during the day or night. On the other hand, misdemeanor warrants may only be served between the hours of 6 am and 10 pm. Though an active warrant authorizes law enforcement to arrest an individual at home, the unfortunate reality is that it is also very common for officers to make an arrest at the individual’s work or place of business.

If you are under investigation for a crime, take immediate action and contact a skilled San Diego criminal warrants attorney. At George H. Ramos, Jr. & Associates, our experienced San Diego warrants attorney can take proactive measures to prevent the issuance of a warrant, and may even be able to prevent charges from ever being filed.

On the other hand, if there is an active warrant for your arrest, attorney George H. Ramos, Jr. will aggressively advocate on your behalf to have the warrant recalled. Doing so can prevent the possibility of an embarrassing arrest that could likely result in jail time.

Bench Warrants

A bench warrant is a warrant issued by a judge in response to an individual’s violation of a court order. When an individual violates a court order, he or she is considered “in contempt of court.” The warrant orders law enforcement officers to arrest an individual and bring him or her before the judge. The judge may then decide to either release the individual with a warning or order incarceration. Typically, bench warrants are issued under the following circumstances:

  • Failure to pay a fine
  • Failure to complete community service
  • Violation of probation
  • Failure to appear in court
  • Failure to obey any other court order

Having a bench warrant subjects an individual to a possible probation violation, county jail or state prison time, fines, and/or a driver’s license suspension.

Like arrest warrants, felony bench warrants may be served at any hour of the day, while misdemeanor bench warrants may only be served between 6 am and 10 pm. However, in most cases, an individual is not arrested on a bench warrant until he or she comes into contact with law enforcement, such as being pulled over for a traffic violation.

If you have an outstanding bench warrant, contact our San Diego arrest warrants lawyer immediately. While an individual may go directly into court and handle a bench warrant on his or her own, it is strongly advised to retain an experienced warrants attorney. Though you may have a legitimate excuse for violating a court order, there is a strong likelihood that you still will be taken into custody. Not only will attorney George H. Ramos, Jr. appear on your behalf to have the warrant recalled and quashed, but he will also advocate for reduced bail or OR release to ensure you avoid jail time.

Check San Diego Arrest Warrants Online

If you have a warrant for your arrest, for failing to appear in court or complying with probation, call our office immediately. We can typically recall the warrant within 24 hours, and depending on the type of case, you need not appear with us. Avoid getting arrested on the warrant and call us now, 24/7.

How to Check for Any Outstanding Warrants Online

The following information is provided by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Department states that misuse of the provided information may be subject to Civil or criminal liability. Most information on outstanding Warrants for Arrest in San Diego County is made available online. The online warrant database is updated once each 24 hours. Only peace officers can arrest a person for an outstanding warrant of arrest.


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The Proactive Resolution of San Diego Warrants

At the law firm of George H. Ramos, Jr. & Associates, our experienced San Diego warrants attorney handles both arrest warrants and bench warrants to help clients avoid jail time.

Each division of the San Diego Superior Court has a different procedure for recalling and quashing arrest warrants and bench warrants. In most cases, misdemeanor warrants may be recalled and quashed without the defendant’s personal appearance in court. Instead, attorney George H. Ramos, Jr. will appear on your behalf to have the warrant recalled and ask the court to set a future hearing date.

However, personal appearance of defendants is required for felony warrants and certain misdemeanor warrants such as domestic violence warrants and child abuse warrants:

San Diego Superior Court Central Division & East County Division

The San Diego Superior Court Central division and East County division generally follow the same procedures for recalling a felony warrant. An individual’s attorney is required to appear in court. He or she must set a date, at least three days away, at which time the individual will be required to appear in court with the attorney. On the scheduled court date, attorney George H. Ramos, Jr. will argue to have the warrant recalled and quashed before the judge, who will then make a ruling. In most cases, the court generally follows the unwritten rule that a defendant who walks into court will walk out of court.

North County Brand of the San Diego Court (Vista)

The North County branch requires the attorney to personally appear in the presiding department. They also require an attorney to make an ex parte request for the judge to allow the matter to be placed on the calendar. Once the request is granted, the attorney is then required to notify the District Attorney of the date, time, and place of the hearing. Attorney George H. Ramos, Jr. will then appear with you in court on that date and argue the matter before the judge.

South Bay Branch of the San Diego Court (Chula Vista)

The South Bay branch requires that the defendant or attorney appear early in the morning to request a hearing. The hearing to recall the warrant is typically scheduled for later that same day.

FAQ’s on San Diego Arrest Warrants

When do the police need the warrant to make an arrest?

As long as the police have a good reason (called “probable cause”) to believe that a crime has been committed. Also, that the person they want to arrest committed the crime, they can, with just one exception, make an arrest without asking a judge for a warrant.

The exception? There are a few places where the adage “a man’s home is his castle” still applies. An arrest at home is one of them. The police must have a warrant to arrest a person at home if the arrest is for a non-serious offense — such as a simple assault — and there is no fear that the person they want to arrest will destroy evidence or cause harm to the public.

If I’m arrested, do the police have to “read me my rights”?

No. However, if they start questioning you but haven’t read you your rights, they can’t use anything you say as direct evidence against you at trial. What are these rights? Popularly known as the Miranda warning (ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court in Miranda v. Arizona), your rights consist of the following:

  • You have the right to remain silent.
  • If you do say anything, what you say can be used against you in a court of law.
  • You have the right to consult with a lawyer and have that lawyer present during any questioning.
  • If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be appointed for you if you so desire.
  • If you choose to talk to the police officer, you have the right to stop the interview at any time.

It doesn’t matter whether an interrogation occurs. The police must give a Miranda warning if they want to question you and use your answers as direct evidence at trial if you are in custody (deprived of your freedom of action in any significant way).

No Miranda warning is required if you are not in police custody. This exception most often comes up when the police stop someone on the street for questioning about a recent crime and the person blurts out a confession before the police have an opportunity to deliver the warning.

Will a judge dismiss my case if I was questioned without a Miranda warning?

No. People mistakenly believe a case will be thrown out of court if the police fail to give Miranda warnings. What Miranda actually says is that a warning is necessary if the police interrogate a suspect and want to use any of the answers as evidence.

Nothing you say to the questioning can be used as evidence to convict you if the police fail to give a Miranda warning. Under the “fruit of the poisonous tree” rule, if the police find evidence as a result of an interrogation that violates the Miranda rule, that evidence is also inadmissible at trial.

For example, if you tell the police where a weapon is hidden and it turns out that you gave this information in response to improper questioning, the police will not be able to use the weapon as evidence unless the police can prove that they would have found the weapon without your statements.

Hiring a San Diego Arrest Warrants Attorney

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