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Be Aware of Hennepin County Warrant Sweep for DWI offenders

On Behalf of | Jan 9, 2014 | Firm News |


If you’re one of the many Hennepin County people with a warrant out for your arrest, it may be time to contact a Minneapolis DWI Attorney. Currently the sheriff is conducting warrant sweeps through the end of the year, especially focusing on DWI warrants. Warrant sweeps are where a law enforcement agency attempts to follow up on a large number of warrants in a short period of time, visiting known addresses of the person named in the warrant. If you think you may have a warrant out, but aren’t sure, we can help you with that as well by finding out whether one has been issued. This often happens if you failed to appear for a hearing – for example, if your court notice was sent to the wrong address.

If you have a warrant out, it is important to take care of it for a couple of reasons. First, you’re not going to have a choice about when and where you’re arrested on the warrant. Police are likely to be looking for you in your home and workplace, and you may not want your family, friends, or co-workers to see your arrest. And second, the court is likely to feel more lenient towards someone who voluntarily turned themselves in on a warrant. If you missed a court date by mistake, for example, the court may be more accepting of this if you later turned yourself in voluntarily.

Having a warrant out doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. An attorney can help make arrangements for a “book and release” – because there’s a warrant out, law enforcement will arrest you to clear the warrant, book you (go through the local jail’s processing procedures), and then release you once you’ve been booked. At this point, you’ll receive a new court date. An attorney can help keep you on track to appear in court.

DWIs, like all legal matters, can differ greatly from case to case. Your best defense when dealing with a DWI or DWI warrant is to have an experienced attorney on your side. If you’re facing a DWI, contact us for a consultation.