How do I find out if there is a warrant out for my arrest?

>>>How do I find out if there is a warrant out for my arrest?

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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.

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All our 30-60 minute free consultations are conducted with one of our Criminal Defence Lawyers and include the following steps:

  1. Gathering of some personal information about you, such as your level of education, occupation, and citizenship status. This information can be crucial for building your defence and seeking a resolution with the Crown Prosecutor;
  2. Careful review of all documents you received from the police. We will explain what each document is, and what you can expect from and need to do for all upcoming appearances;
  3. Critical review of your recollection of events, and any supporting materials you choose to bring with you. This step helps us identify possible defences and avenues for further investigation; and
  4. Discussion of the court process, our fee structure, and what we can do to help.

Beyond these steps, we would be happy to tell you more about us, and answer any questions you may have. If you chose to retain us to help you, we will immediately provide an overview of what steps we plan to take next, and suggestions as to what you should do to improve your chances of a successful outcome.

For the free initial consultation to be as productive as possible, you should bring (or email in advance) the following materials:

  • A written statement (preferably typed) outlining your version of events;
  • All documents that you have been given by the court or by the police;
  • Any disclosure you have received;
  • Photo ID; and
  • Any supporting documents, such as photographs, emails, texts, phone records, medical records, receipts, etc.

Ideally, you will have prepared a copy of these materials for us to keep, but if not, we can always photocopy them during the consultation.

We offer flexible payment options and structures designed to meet our clients’ individual needs. Our lawyers accept all major credit cards, bank drafts, money orders, email money transfers (e-transfers) and, of course, cash.

If you decide to retain us after the free initial consultation, all we need is a retainer (down payment) to get started. The rest of the fee payments for the case can be spaced out over time. We can set you up on a monthly or bi-monthly payment plan, and process payments over the telephone or by email to make it easy for you.

The cost of a criminal defence lawyer will depend on several factors, including:

  1. how complex your case is,
  2. how serious the charges are, and
  3. how experienced the Criminal Defence lawyer is.

The fees of a competent Criminal Defence Lawyer will typically range into the thousands of dollars. The good news is that only a fraction of that amount is due initially. We offer flexible payment schedules so thefees can be paid in monthly installments.

Additionally, we offer flat rate fees, with no hidden costs. It is our standard practice to review all the costs during the free initial consultation. This means you will know exactly what our services cost at the outset and can make an informed decision about how to proceed.