Warrant

If you believe that a warrant was issued for your arrest in Baltimore, or the surrounding areas in Maryland, then act quickly to retain a criminal defense attorney who can represent you at every stage of the case.

The trick is to deal with your warrant as soon as you can. You do not want to wait until you’ve been arrested, because once you’ve been arrested on a warrant, the court is much less likely to be lenient or to set a lower bond. In many cases, having an attorney at the earliest stages of the case can save you money in the short-term and in the long-term.

Attorney for a Warrant in Baltimore, MD

One of the best ways to address an outstanding arrest warrant is to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. James Crawford has been defending clients against criminal charges in Maryland since 1992.

If a warrant for your arrest has been issued against you, or the police have come with a search warrant and have gone ahead and searched your private property, it makes sense to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Our attorneys also represent clients with a criminal case involving a search warrant or extradition warrant for an out-of-state case or while awaiting transportation back to Maryland on a fugitive warrant.

The attorneys for warrants in Baltimore, MD, are available 24/7/365. The initial consultation for potential clients with an outstanding warrant or pending criminal case are always free of charge.

Call 443-709-9999 for a free consultation.


Types of Warrants under Maryland Law

Generally speaking, there are two types of warrants in state court: the search warrants and the arrest warrants. In my years of criminal law practice representing clients in Baltimore and throughout the state of Maryland, I’ve seen both types of warrants issued against my clients for felony and misdemeanor cases in state court.

Types of warrants issued in the State of Maryland include:

  • Arrest Warrant alleging probable cause that a crime was committed;
  • Beach Warrant issued by the judge in open court;
  • Criminal Summons;
  • Body Attachment;
  • Warrants for parole violations;
  • Warrants for probation violations;
  • Warrants for failure to appear in court;
  • Warrants for failure to pay child support; and
  • Arrest warrants alleging probable cause that a crime was committed;
  • Extradition warrants issued out of state;
  • Felony warrants issued in Maryland but served out-of-state for extradition back to Baltimore;
  • Search warrants for search and seizures.

An outstanding arrest warrant has immediate consequences in terms of getting arrested and losing your freedom. Search warrants, on the other hand, can lead to your arrest if the police find evidence upon searching whatever it is they’ve come to search, be it your car, home, or office. But just because the police have a search warrant doesn’t mean it’s right.

With offices conveniently located in Baltimore and Catonsville, Maryland, the experienced criminal defense attorneys at James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates serve clients throughout the city and county of Baltimore, and the surrounding areas including Catonsville, Bel Air and Annapolis. Let our Baltimore criminal defense attorneys begin your defense today.


Filing a Motion to Recall a “Failure to Appear” Warrant in Maryland

In some cases, you will not have to surrender at the jail on a warrant issued because of your failure to appear in court after you missed a court appearance. Call an experienced criminal defense attorney to find out whether you qualify for a motion to recall the warrant. If so, your attorney will file a motion to recall the warrant with the judge who originally issued the warrant.

The judge will then review the motion to recall the warrant and consider the reasons for the failure to appear, the nature of the charges and the strength of the evidence against you, and the prior times the defendant has failed to appear in court.

If the judge recalls the warrant, then you will not be required to appear in court. In some cases for more serious charges, the court will require you and your attorney to appear for a “recall hearing” within ten days. At the recall hearing, the court will often recall the warrant so you do not have to go to jail.

An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you by standing at your side any explaining to the court why it is in the interest of justice to quash or set aside the warrant even after a failure to appear in court. Most importantly, the criminal defense attorney an help you fight to resolve the underlying charges for the best possible terms.


Arrest Warrant Procedures in Baltimore, MD

The procedures for arrest warrants is set out in Policy 1104 of the Baltimore Police Department which was last published on July 1, 2016. The purpose of the warrant policy is to set forth guidance for members of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) to safely and uniformly serve and process arrest warrants in accordance with the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution, Maryland Law, and the rules and regulations stated in the standard operating procedures of the agency.

To be valid, the following conditions must be met:

  • The warrant must be from a court specified below or other court of competent jurisdiction.
  • The warrant must specify the name of the person whose arrest is ordered if known. If unknown, the warrant specifies a reasonably definitive description of the person. This includes a specific description of multiple physical characteristics that a reasonable person could use to identify the suspect.
  • The warrant must state that the person to be arrested is accused of one or more offenses against the laws of the State of Maryland or other court of competent jurisdiction and names the offense(s).
  • The warrant is signed by a magistrate, judge, or authorized designee and his/her office is named in the body of the warrant or by his or her signature.

Requirements for an Arrest Warrant in Maryland

Law enforcement officers can seek an arrest warrant if they have probable cause that a certain type of offense was committed. The officer that applies for the arrest warrant is known as the affiant, who is responsible for the contents of the application. The officer’s supervisor will inspect the warrant application to make sure that it contains probable cause, contains facts about all pertinent elements of the crime(s), and that the information in the warrant is the result of a thorough investigation.

After the warrant application is reviewed by the supervisor, the applications for an arrest warrant are submitted to the Court Commissioner at one of the following locations:

  • The Court Commissioner’s Office, located at 500 N. Calvert Street, 24 hours a day.
  • The John R. Hargrove, Sr. Building, located at 700 E. Patapsco Avenue. Availability of a Court Commissioner must be verified prior to responding to this location.
  • The Eastside Court Facility, located at 1400 E. North Ave. Hours of operation are 0830 hours to 1630 hours, Monday through Friday.

If the judge signs the warrant, then the officer will make sure the warrant is forwarded to the Central Records Section by the Court Commissioner.


How are Arrest Warrants Service by the Baltimore Police Department (BPD)?

Only sworn members of Baltimore Police Department (BPD) can effect a physical arrest during the service of an arrest warrant. For felony charges, officers can also execute an arrest warrant fat a residence, business, or in a vehicle. The arrest warrant service hours are:

  • Felony warrants – no time restrictions (24 hours).
  • Misdemeanor warrants – no time restrictions (24 hours).
  • Traffic warrants – 0600 hours to 2000 hours, or upon approval of a permanent-rank supervisor, anytime during the 24 hour period.

Before an arrest can be made, the officer must confirm the validity of a warrant through the Communications Unit or Court Commissioner prior to taking action. No arrest shall be made on a warrant until the validity of the warrant has been confirmed. Officers are not required to have the warrant in their possession when making an arrest.

To confirm the warrant, the Communications Unit will check both the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and the Maryland Inter-agency Law Enforcement System (MILES) for possible warrants.

If the system reflects that a warrant has been issued for the individual in question, the dispatcher will either provide the officer with an out-of-jurisdiction telephone number so the warrant can be confirmed, or advise the officer to contact the Central Records Section to confirm that the warrant is available for pick-up prior to the detainee’s arrest.

Before a person can be arrested on a warrant, the officer must ensure that the suspect is the person for whom the warrant was issued. When making an arrest, the officer with the Baltimore Police Department is required to notify the defendant of the existence of the warrant and the type of offense(s) charged. The officer must also serve a copy of the warrant and charging document on the defendant promptly after the arrest.

After the arrest, the person will be transported to the Central Book and Intake Facility (“CBIF”). At CBIF, the defendant must be taken before a judicial officer of the District Court without unnecessary delay no later than 24 hours after arrest.


Additional Resources

Parole and Probation Violation Warrants in Maryland – Visit the website of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to find information about outstanding warrants on some of Maryland’s most wanted violators. Find information at Maryland’s Warrant Apprehension Unit. Find a list of the most warrant DPP violators including the date the warrant was issued and offenses.


Attorneys for Warrants in the State of Maryland

The experienced criminal defense attorneys at James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates can help you if you have an outstanding warrant. Call us to find out of the warrant is active and still outstanding. We can search for the warrant to confirm its existence. We can also help you understand all of your options to surrender on the warrant or ask that the warrant be quashed so that you can avoid going into custody if it was issued in error.

With offices conveniently located in Baltimore and Catonsville, Maryland, the experienced criminal defense attorneys at James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates serve clients throughout the city and county of Baltimore, and the surrounding areas including Catonsville, Bel Air, and Annapolis, we can begin your defense today.

Call 443-709-9999 today to discuss the unique facts of your case with an experienced attorney at James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates.