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If you suspect that there may soon be a warrant issued for your arrest, that’s completely different from there being a warrant already issued for your arrest. If you engage an attorney at that point, the attorney may be able to communicate with the detective and attempt to have a warrant not be filed in the first place. In any event, if an attorney is communicating with the detective who is on the case, the detective is typically not trying to make it difficult for the defendant. They want that person arrested on that charge so that the charge can be dealt with in court. During the course of their investigation, an attorney may arrange with the detective to allow that person to be turned in on the charge or to do a walkthrough on the charge.

In my experience, detectives are happy to notify the attorney in the event that they are seeking a warrant for a person’s arrest. They also may be able to coordinate with the detective if there are any conversations that need to be had with the detective, in order for the detective to make a determination. You definitely should not be having a conversation with the detective without an attorney present, who can advise you on what questions you should or should not answer and what questions should be permissible.

An attorney will be able to represent you before the arrest happens and attempt to prevent an arrest warrant from occurring. In the event that a warrant does get out there, the attorney can help you do a walkthrough, which means that you don’t have to get arrested and actually sit in jail. You would be immediately released, as soon as you turned yourself in with your attorney. There are significant benefits to engaging an attorney prior to just being arrested.

What Happens During A Voluntary Surrender? Why Should I Do It?

A voluntary surrender is where you approach law enforcement or you go to the Travis County Jail and turn yourself in. It may seem like the thing that you are supposed to do, as a citizen, but it will be the same as being arrested on it. If the warrant has been out there for in excess of a year, then that’s to your advantage because you have a colorable claim that your speedy trial rights have been violated. Additionally, when you turn yourself in, you are going to be arrested and be taken into custody. You will have to wait to be interviewed by Travis County pre-trial services and wait to see if they recommend you to be released.

While turning yourself in may sound good to your relatives or friends, it doesn’t have any legal effect. It’s the same as being arrested on the charge. I do not recommend that people turn themselves in on warrants. Rather, I recommend that they hire an attorney when they find out that they have a warrant or suspect that they are going to have a warrant so that their attorney can coordinate their release prior to them even going into custody. Then, they can be released immediately. Being in custody means that it is more likely that you will get convicted and you want to avoid that at all costs.

For more information on Hiring An Attorney For An Arrest Warrant, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (512) 601-0009 today.

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