How Do Federal Warrants Work?

One of the last things anyone wants to hear is there name followed by the words “we have a warrant for your arrest.” It can be quite a frightening experience, especially when the person saying these words happens to be representing the federal government.

And while people dread to ever hear those words, in the case that they one day do hear them, many of them won’t fully understand what that entails. Well, don’t worry. We’re here to prepare you if that fearful day ever comes.

Keep reading as we give you a brief rundown of federal warrants.

What Are Federal Warrants?

Federal warrants are legal documents that allow the government to infringe on a person’s personal space if a federal law has been broken. There are essentially three purposes of federal warrants. They are issued to search, seize, and arrest.

In instances when there is reasonable evidence to believe a person may be at fault for breaking the federal law, a federal judge or magistrate can authorize a federal arrest warrant be issued for that person. That warrant then gives federal law officials the power to arrest the individual to ensure that the person shows up in court to face the charge(s) against him/her.

Now in times when a federal law is currently being broken or there is a chance evidence can be gathered to prove a suspect already committed a crime, federal judges and magistrates can issue a federal warrant to search and/or seize private property.

Is There a Way to Determine If there Is a Warrant Out for You and/or Your Property?

It’s understandable if you don’t want to one day have a U.S. marshal surprise you with a warrant.  If you want to check to see if there are currently federal warrants out there for you or your property, you can try contacting the federal clerk in your local district court. Or you can show up at the clerk’s office in person.

However, we suggest you just hire a good lawyer and have them look into whether or not there are any federal warrants out there with your name on it. 

Can a Warrant Be Legally Challenged?

The short answer to that is yes. You or your attorney (preferably the latter) can go to court and argue there was a lack of probable cause for the warrant to be issued in the first place.

In the case where the warrant was for the search and seizure of property, but the federal officials went somewhere or took something not outlined in the warrant, the validity of the warrant can be called into question with a judge.

The Importance of Hiring an Attorney

Federal warrants are not something to be taken lightly. They have serious implications if they prove fruitful in proving you committed a crime.

If you have more questions about federal warrants or need a great law firm to come to your rescue if you already have a warrant out with your name on it, be sure to contact us. We’d be glad to help.


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