It is important that you understand the different types of warrants used in Georgia, especially if you are involved in the criminal system. Call our law firm today to learn more.
You are probably family with the term “warrant,” and likely know that in most cases, police need a warrant to make an arrest or conduct a search of your property. But did you know that there are different types of warrants? In Georgia, there are three types of warrants that are used in criminal cases. Consider the following about the different types of warrants in Georgia, and reach out to our team directly if you have more questions.
Three Types of Warrants in Georgia
There are three types of warrants in Georgia that are often used in criminal cases: search warrants, arrest warrants, and bench warrants.
- Search warrant. A search warrant is what police must have in order to conduct a search of a person’s property. A search warrant is issued by a judge after officers file a request for the warrant and present evidence that they have probable cause for the warrant. When a search warrant is issued, police are only allowed to search the items specified in that search warrant. For example, if the police have a search warrant for your apartment, they cannot also search your car unless it is specified in the warrant.
- Arrest warrant. Just like getting a search warrant, police also need probable cause to obtain an arrest warrant. If a warrant for an arrest is issued, it means that the police have presented evidence that there is probable cause to believe that the person has committed a crime.
- Bench warrant. A bench warrant is the type of warrant that most people are least familiar with. A bench warrant is a specific type of arrest warrant. This type of arrest warrant is issued by a judge when a defendant fails to appear in court for trial.
What Should I Do if I am the Subject of a Warrant?
If you have had a search warrant, arrest warrant, or bench warrant issued against you, it is important that you understand your rights and your responsibilities. If you have had a warrant issued against you, here is what you should do:
- Cooperate with the police. If police have a warrant to search your property or for your arrest, you will not get far by refusing to cooperate. Instead, it is in your best interests to remain polite, respectful, and cooperative throughout the process.
- Do exercise your right to remain silent. Being polite, respectful, and cooperative does not mean that you have to answer all of a police officer’s questions. Instead, exercise your right to remain silent by letting the police officer know you would like to speak to an attorney before answering any questions.
- Call an attorney. As soon as you can, you should call an attorney. You have a right to legal representation.
Reach Out to the Atlanta Office of Ghanayem & Rayasam Today
If you are the subject of a warrant, do not hesitate to call our Georgia criminal defense attorneys immediately for a consultation. You can reach us by phone or online to get started.