The easiest way to find out if there is an arrest warrant against you is to call your attorney. Law offices have the resources and experience to find this information in a timely manner.
You can also check with the courts yourself. Remember, warrants are county-specific, so you must check in the county in which the crime occurred. Warrants are registered and filed with the county clerk’s office. The sheriff’s office of the county or the police station in the municipality where the crime occurred is also another good source of information.
There are websites that offer free searches as well, including Governmentregistry.org and searchquarry.com. Under the Freedom of Information Act, any citizen has the right to search police records or warrant information. Court records are public records, which means you can check for warrants on your own, with a few exceptions, and usually for free. All you need to search for an arrest warrant or bench warrant, whether against yourself or someone else, is the full name of the person in question, their state of residence and their age or date of birth. Warrants can be looked up anonymously on online public record websites.
If you suspect that a warrant has been issued for your arrest, it is also a good idea to be mindful of postal mail. Although getting a letter from an attorney is not proof of an outstanding arrest warrant, if you notice that you are suddenly getting quite a few advertisements in the mail from law firms, this could be a sign that there is a warrant out for your arrest. After all, there are law offices that check warrant databases and send letters to attract new clients.
Note: Sometimes, you are not looking to see if there is a warrant for your arrest, but, rather, checking into the background of someone else. For instance, if you are hiring a babysitter or a personal caregiver for an elderly parent, you may want the peace of mind to know that there are not active arrest warrants against the individual you are looking to hire. Or, if you are entering a romantic relationship or a business partnership with another individual, you may want to establish that this person is not wanted by the law. No matter the reason, the process for checking for arrest warrants is the same.