There’s a Warrant Out for Me. What Do I Do?

If the warrant has a bond amount the best thing to do is get your bond set up then turn yourself in.  This will take a lot of stress off of your family and friends and you won’t have to worry every day wondering if that will be the day they catch you.

Find a bonds company and tell them the situation.  They’re used to people doing this.  They’ll get your bond ready to go so as soon as you’re booked the bond can be posted.  This is best for everyone.  The jail wants you out as quickly as possible and you want to be out as quickly as possible.  Even though the bond is ready it cannot be posted until you are actually booked so you will spend a few hours there.

If you do not have a bond on your warrant you will have a harder time.  You probably want to contact an attorney.  It is possible for a judge to reinstate a bond but that is up to him and will usually take an attorney working with the judge to get that to happen.  Once a bond is set then you would do the same as above, either using the attorney to cover the bond or a bonds company.

To turn yourself in just go to the Front Desk and tell one of the officers that you have a warrant and want to turn yourself in.  Don’t worry, no one is going to jump over the counter to tackle you.  Make sure you let them know that you have already dealt with a bonds company and that your bond is ready to be posted.

15 thoughts on “There’s a Warrant Out for Me. What Do I Do?

  1. Paul

    If no bond on warrent & doesn’t have there own lawyer. Can inmate request a public defender? what iithe normal time frame before they go in front of judge to get bail, probation of orther resolution??

  2. Roman

    First off, I find your site incredibly informative. Keep up the good work.

    Now my question. My girlfriend has a warrant for her arrest for a felony assault charge in San Antonio. She had no priors and has a pretty stable life there in San Antonio her whole life. A few months ago she was drunk and got into a fight resulting in bodily injury of a family member who pressed charges now. She wants to turn herself in but is scared to death of having to submit to a strip search. Do you know how “intense” the search she can expect. We’ve read different things that Bexar County changed their policy so that most inmates will not have to get one. Instead it’s more of pat down or maybe down to your underwear or gown as opposed to completely stripping and standing to have everything examined visually. But then also read that since the charge is a felony, she will get one if she goes to jail. If we arrange to set up bond before we take her in, would that help her avoid it…booked in/out…or will she have to subject to strip search since it is a felony offense anyways, regardless if she’s not have any priors, etc. Basically a good person who had too much to drink and did something very stupid that escalated very quickly. She wants to get this out of the way and move on with her life but understandably is very nervous about this aspect. What can she reasonably expect?

    • admin

      Roman – Strips searches used to be common practice, the practice was challenged as unconstitutional and during that time most agencies, including Bexar County, stopped doing strip searches. The Supreme Court ruled that they were not a violation and agencies were free to return to strip searches. Bexar County does do strip searches for a current charge involving violence. If she gets processed as an in and out she just gets a pat down.

  3. ScaredtoDeath

    loved one on probation. was waiting outside waiting for ride cop asked him for id and copy ran his license and arrested him said he had parole violation but
    he has never been in prison was on probation had less than 6 months
    but and got arrested for borrowing friends car and resulted in charge
    so he’s in jail and they want to take him to a jail in west texas where the original charge was. Scared to death don’t have means to help grandson
    Afraid he will get prison time he’s a young man but looks like he’s 15
    do scared of what they can do to him
    don’t have any idea on how to help him

    • admin

      ScaredtoDeath – If the friend knows the car was borrowed and said so then there was no case against your grandson. It seems there is more to the story. It really depends on what is happening. You need to speak to his attorney.

    • admin

      Lisa – You can trying calling Central Recrods at 210-335-6201. I don’t know if they are still releasing that information. They are supposed to. There is already case law saying it is not confidential information but from what I am hearing, this administration doesn’t want the information released. Is that legal? No. But they’ll get away with it until someone calls them on it.

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  4. Chris

    hi i was just informed that I have a warrant for my arrest for assault and i looked up the case; it says that its out of county court 11. I have a few priors for assault as well. how will i know if my case is being enhanced to a felony? and if theres no bond amoujt on the warrant does that mean I will not get a bond hearing thru the central magistrate?

    • admin

      Chris – Your best option is to speak to an attorney. If no bond amount is listed, your attorney may be able to get a judge to issue an amount. Then you can set up everything you need so that you can go through the process quickly.

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      what if the person testifies on his behalf and he was not arrested on the date of the incident. and is willing to write affidavit.

  5. Nicole

    Hello, When is the best time to turn oneself in for a Class B misdemeanor warrant, where a bond has already been set? Looking to spend as little time there as possible. No attorney yet. Is there a benefit to having one at this stage or only really needed after court date has been set? Thanks.

    • admin

      Nicole – We are not the Bexar County jail. We’re a private website that tries to help people deal with their processes. We’re also not attorneys so we don’t give legal advice. I can’t comment on when would be a good time to get an attorney. What I do recommend is that you have the bond set up and ready to go, whether through a bond company or with an attorney (unless you’re going to pay in full), to spend as little time as possible there. It will still be a while, but shorter than if they have to wait for someone to cover the bond.

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      • Nicole

        Thanks for the reply! I have some anecdotal info to share in the hope someone else can benefit from our experience.

        I was informed our employee had a warrant. He knew very little about it other than that it was active. So I called the Bexar County Sheriff’s office to get more info.

        I provided his name and date of birth and they gave me the phone number to the county court where is case was assigned.

        The county court informed me a bond was already set for him, which is a very good thing.

        If the bond had not been set, he would have needed to reach out to a bail-bondsman or an attorney so they could work to have one set prior to turning himself. Doing this cuts down the time spent in custody.

        If the bond was high or there was no way to pay it, our employee would have needed to see a bail bondsman to get bond paperwork.

        Fortunately, his bond was low so we paid it as a “Cash Bond.” This was payable *only* with Cashier’s Check or Money Order. They do not accept cash or personal checks.

        I asked the quickest way to get him in and out and she gave me the phone number to the Bexar County Satellite Office which is located in the basement of the old court house, 100 Dolorosa St.

        I spoke with the Satellite Office and she said the best time to turn himself in is usually Tues, Wed or Thurs at 8am or 1pm. Otherwise, the wait will be a lot longer.

        I let them know he would be turning himself in at 8am the next morning. She checked the schedule to make sure they were fully staffed and said it was a good time to come in. This was an unofficial appointment but they were aware he was coming in which sped things up.

        He showed up to the Satellite office at 8am with
        a VALID Texas ID and the Cashier’s Check.

        If he did not have a Cash Bond Cashier’s Check then he would have needed the bail-bondsman paperwork to turn himself in.

        They then booked him in, took his fingerprints and picture, then he saw the magistrate. This was called “being booked and magistrated.” The judge appointed him an attorney and set his court date. He was then free to go.

        He was out by 11am!

        If he turned himself in to the main court, he would have been there for a lot longer due to the volume of in-take they have. They said it can take anywhere from 6 hours to 24+ hours to be magistrated at the main court. Even longer if the person arrives Thursday evening thru Sunday because no judge is there and Monday’s are packed getting caught up with the weekend in-take.

        Based off of our limited experience, we would suggest calling the satellite office and ask them the best time to show up. They were polite and informative and helped ensure our employee showed up with everything he needed and was there for a short time only.

        Hope this helps someone else in the future!

      • admin

        Nicole – Thank you so much for passing on this valuable information to our readers. It’s very much appreciated.

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