Illinois Criminal Defense Blog

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

What to Do if There's a Warrant for Your Arrest in Chicago

If you’re concerned that there might be a warrant out for your arrest, or if you know for sure a judge has issued one, you may not be too excited about stopping the next police officer you see and asking him.

So what can you do if there’s a warrant out for your arrest in Chicago, Skokie, Rolling Meadows, or any of the surrounding communities?

What to Do if There’s a Warrant for Your Arrest

Ideally, you’ll be able to call the courthouse to find out. (Here’s a list of the courts in Chicago so you can determine which one you need to get in touch with.) Once you’ve gotten confirmation from the appropriate court, you can get in touch with your criminal defense attorney to discuss the situation.

Your lawyer will need some information from you—and some of it is the same information that you’ll get from the courthouse. He’ll ask about:

  • The date of the offense and the date the state filed charges against you
  • The incident itself and your version of events
  • Which police department or sheriff’s department issued the warrant
  • The date of your conviction, if you had one associated with this warrant
  • Whether you paid fines or served time in jail or prison associated with this warrant

Will Your Lawyer Tell You to Turn Yourself In if You Have a Warrant?

Your lawyer will tell you what happens next when you have an arrest warrant, and he’ll advise you on the possible consequences of not turning yourself in. Typically, the best solution is to work with your attorney so you can put this case behind you.

Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About a Warrant for Your Arrest in Chicago?

If you need to talk to an attorney about a warrant in Chicago, Skokie, or Rolling Meadows, we may be able to help you. Call us at 847-920-4540 for a free case evaluation. We’ll be happy to provide you with case-specific legal advice you can use to begin moving forward. - See more at: 


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