How do I get rid of a warrant for my arrest?

>>>How do I get rid of a warrant for my arrest?

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It is important to know that if a warrant has been issued for your arrest it will not go away with time. In Canada, a warrant for a person’s arrest never expires. It continues to exist until you deal with the matter or until you encounter the police and are arrested. You cannot get rid of a warrant by simply “lying low” and hoping it disappears.

Unfortunately, aside from being arrested, the only way to get rid of a warrant is to turn yourself in. Depending on the seriousness of the charge, if you turn yourself in you may either be re-released with a promise to appear appear in court, or you may be held in custody until you are granted bail or your matter is resolved.

If you plan on turning yourself in, you should be cautious about the day that you choose to do so. If you turn yourself in on a Friday, for example, there is a chance that you could be held in custody until Monday when someone is available to do your bail hearing. As such, if you intend to take steps to get your warrant lifted, you may want to do so early on a Monday so you can ensure you avoid a situation where you may end up being held in prison over the weekend.

How can I get a warrant lifted without spending any time in jail?

While we cannot be certain that it is possible to avoid any time spent in jail without knowing the exact nature of your charges, the best way to lift a warrant while avoiding time spent in jail is by seeking the assistance of a criminal defence lawyer.

A criminal defence lawyer can look into your matter and speak with the Crown Prosecutor on your behalf to find out important details that you may not know. For example, a lawyer can inquire about the nature of jeopardy that you currently face, and whether the Crown will be seeking your continued detention or will be consenting to your release. A criminal defence lawyer can also accompany you to court, make submissions on your behalf, and facilitate the process of vacating your warrant in a manner that ensures you will spend the least possible amount of time spent in custody, if any at all.

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, it is in your best interest to contact one of our skilled criminal defence lawyers immediately. They will be able to help you get rid of the warrant for your arrest, and will work to ensure you remain out of custody where possible. Further, retaining a criminal defence lawyer before you attempt to get rid of your warrant will be to your benefit in the event that you have been charged with a serious offence and the Crown would like you kept in custody. By retaining a criminal lawyer prior to turning yourself in, you can ensure you will have someone already working on securing your bail and minimize the time, if any, that you will spend in jail. Our criminal defence lawyers not only have ample experience with warrants and bail, but we may be able to secure your release quickly and without a formal bail hearing.

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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.

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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.