There are a few ways to find out if a warrant has been issued for your arrest in Canada.
Firstly, you can contact the police directly to find out if a warrant has been issued. If you attend the police station and find out that there is a warrant for your arrest, you can be arrested and released on a promise to appear or an undertaking. However, you also run the risk of being arrested and held in custody until your matter is brought before the court or until you secure bail. Accordingly, if you are going to be putting yourself in contact with the police and creating a risk that you could be arrested, you should strongly consider calling one of our criminal defence lawyers first. We will be able to inform you of your rights when interacting with the police, and give you direction on what to do if there is a warrant for your arrest.
Secondly, you can contact the criminal court clerk to find out if there is a warrant for your arrest. Criminal court clerks can tell you the offence with which you have been charged and whether a warrant has been issued for your arrest. However, if you ask at the courthouse whether there is a warrant for your arrest, you run the risk of being arrested and brought into custody by a sheriff or police officer who is present at the courthouse.
One of the best ways to find out if there is a warrant for your arrest is to hire a criminal defence lawyer to investigate the matter on your behalf. This is probably the best method because a lawyer will not only help you figure out whether there is a warrant out for your arrest, but also help you discharge the warrant and work to make sure you are not held in custody while your matter is being dealt with. If you believe there is a warrant out for your arrest, contact one of our criminal defence lawyers right away. We have ample experience dealing with arrest warrants, and can help you address both the warrant and the underlying charges so that you can avoid any unnecessary time spent in custody.
If there is no warrant for your arrest, but you have reason to believe that an Information or a warrant for your arrest may be issued in the near future, we can also help you by providing you with pre-charge advice. Pre-charge advice will help you acquire information about what you should do when you are being investigated or questioned by the police. It will also help you to understand your rights and obligations when interacting with the police. In this way, you will be equipped with the knowledge you need to avoid unnecessarily divulging incriminating information or information that can be used to build a case against you.