When seeking legal counsel, many people begin by asking if there’s a warrant out for their arrest. Typically, when a warrant is made in Iowa, it is sealed and filed. Because the warrant is sealed, it cannot be seen on the Iowa Courts website, therefore you may not know that it exists.

To determine if there is a warrant out for your arrest, the first thing you should do is contact a lawyer. If you were to call the police, your county jail, the prosecutor, or anyone else, they will not be able to confirm whether there is or isn’t a warrant out for our arrest. A phone call to the court clerk may also seem like a good idea, but this is also someone who cannot release such information to you. A lawyer, especially one that’s experienced in criminal law will be able to get you a definitive answer. As frustrating as it can be, the same folks at the jail, the police office, or elsewhere can tell a lawyer if there are outstanding warrants for a person.

When you do have an experienced lawyer working for you, he or she can arrange to have the police cite and release you. It’s also possible a change of date can be arranged or you may be able to avoid the warrant completely. If you were to go a quick online search, you may run into websites that offer free warrant searches, but they are often shams or produce incorrect information.

Another important thing to keep in mind is that once you’ve reached out to an experienced criminal attorney, and found out that there is indeed a warrant out for your arrest, you and your attorney will then be able to come up with a plan. Professional legal advice in this kind of situation is invaluable as your lawyer will be able to tell you how to proceed and do everything he or she can to avoid it entirely. To accurately determine if there is a warrant out for your arrest, be sure to call Cory Goldensoph today at 319-364-5525