Check For Warrants – Even Royals Don’t Escape Arrest And Jail

The police don’t mind who you are

Emma Parker Bowles is the niece of Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall in England. Emma lives in Los Angeles and says that she loves it but she didn’t bargain on getting arrested and left in a cold and dirty jail cell overnight. An indignity that she might have avoided had it happened back in the UK because of who she is. She might have been able to avoid this happening in the US too but not because of her family connections.

So how did this happen? Well it appears that Emma had forgotten to go to court to answer a traffic violation ticket. This had resulted in a bench warrant being issued for her arrest. When she was subsequently stopped while driving her car the police discovered the warrant and arrested her. Letting her off because she had attended the royal wedding was not an option for these officers. It was simply a matter of routine. So handcuffed she was and off to jail they went.

Respect the courts at all times

As I said, back in the UK she might have escaped the indignity of an overnight stay in a police cell simply because she is related to the royal family but that doesn’t excuse the fact that she failed to turn up in court when she should. The fact is that courts on both sides of the Atlantic do not like it when someone disregards their instructions and you can expect them to use the powers that they have available when you do. If this had happened to any normal person in London then I am pretty sure that they would be facing a night in jail too and I suspect that they would be equally critical of the state of the cells in London jails.

There is no royalty in the US

Police in the US do not recognize the rich, famous or royalty. They treat everyone the same way. Some might even say that they enjoy arresting celebrities because it looks like a bigger catch. Arresting you or I would just be part of their normal day but throwing royalty into jail would make their week. It’s best then to always keep a low profile, stay out of trouble and make sure that you go to court when you are told to.

Arrest records are for life

Unfortunately poor Emma now has an arrest record which will follow her forever no matter where she goes. Any future employer, friend or partner will be able to find it whenever they want to by using online background checking tools. It will never go away. If you are a famous pop singer, rich or royal you may not care but if you are normal like most people then you should care because it will matter.

So how could she have avoided this? She could have gone to court when she was instructed to. That would have avoided the warrant being issued and she would not have then been arrested. She would no doubt have dealt with the traffic violation by paying a fine. That would have been the end of it. No warrant, no arrest so no arrest record.

Finding your warrants

One big problem here is that you don’t always know that you have an arrest warrant. Emma certainly didn’t. She had clean forgotten to go to court and had no reason to think that she might be being hunted by the police. It is possible that you never received notification of the court appearance in the first place. These things can happen. The first time most people in this situation realize that they have a warrant is when the police stop you for something unrelated and then they discover the warrant. By then it’s too late of course.

You can check yourself out online to see if there are any warrants listed for you. It’s quick and easy and while it can never be 100% reliable it might just help you to stay out of jail and avoid that arrest record.

The moment that you discover that you have a warrant you should make arrangements to hand yourself in and deal with any offence that you might be wanted for. It’s generally best to get yourself a lawyer to guide you through the correct way of doing this. Check for warrants often and stay out of jail.

Emma has written an amusing article about her experience which you can read here.

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Arrest Warrant Checks – Should Our Juries Be Used As A Substitute For Evidence?

How do I get convicted for something I haven’t done

Recent technology advances in the field of forensic science have brought about a rash of convictions based on detecting suspects involved in cases that have been cold for years. Most notable of these advances are in the field of DNA profiling where your DNA can be matched to that found at scenes of crimes that were committed decades ago. This, together with the alarming passion with which police officers now collect peoples DNA for entry into national computer systems, has resulted in many recent cold cases of murder and rape being tried before a judge and convictions obtained.

If you get arrested in the UK and in many parts of the USA too, then you will almost certainly have to submit to your DNA being taken and entered onto the database. You don’t have to be charged with anything for this to happen and it doesn’t matter what you were arrested for either. Once your DNA profile is on the database it will be searched for matches and if one turns up then you are in a lot of trouble whether you committed a crime or not. Remember that the police only need “probable cause” to lawfully arrest you and that can mean that they don’t have much more than suspicion.

Throw the rapists and murderers into prison

I would like to think that all of the convictions obtained in this way have been sound and we can all sit back and look on this as a job well done with more criminals behind bars. There is one recent case however, involving a friend of mine, that has given me cause to doubt this. It has in fact terrified me because it demonstrates just how easy it is for any one of us to get convicted and sent to prison for something that you did not do.

I’m sure that there are now many more bad people in prison as a result of these new technologies. You often hear of cases where the defendant had a string of prior offenses similar to the one they are currently accused of or where eye witnesses remember the person. There are also cases where factual evidence and motive lead you to believe that the guilty verdict is the right one.

But what if there is no evidence?

What if the only evidence in say a rape case, is a DNA match? At best, a DNA match proves that sex took place within 72 hours of the sample being taken. What if the defendant has no prior convictions for any offence and convincingly argues that he has no memory of committing an offence?

What if the police have already destroyed all the other evidence, including the alleged victim’s clothing and hair from bushes. Destroyed to save space in the evidence store would you believe?

What if the defendant has never been identified as the attacker by anyone and all the prosecution witnesses contradict the alleged victim on most of her account of the event? The alleged victim was an alcoholic and a drug addict. Not the most reliable of witnesses.

What would you do if you were the prosecution?

If you were responsible for the prosecution case in this instance what would you do? Would you accept that there is no evidence to suggest that the defendant is guilty of any crime? Indeed there was no real evidence that a crime was committed at all by anyone so would you drop the case or would you take it to court and expect an unqualified jury to decide? Decide on what You might ask. If there is no evidence then what is the jury supposed to do?

This could happen to you

This story might seem absurd and unbelievable to you as it did to me but this is exactly what happened to a friend of mine. The same thing could happen to you or I just as easily. He has no memory of the event which happened 16 years earlier and is quite sure that he would have remembered committing such a crime.

All 12 jurors in this case decided that he was guilty of the crime beyond all reasonable doubt. How can that happen when there is no evidence? Perhaps they assumed that if there was absolutely no proof whatsoever and the police still believe that he did it then they must know something that the jury could not be told for some legal reason. Just a theory, what do you think?

How do I avoid giving up my DNA?

My friend was forced to give up his DNA when he was arrested for a misdemeanor where no charges were brought. Regularly checking for arrest warrants is one way that you can reduce your chances of getting arrested and having your DNA sampled. You can do this inexpensively using a public records web site. If you have an outstanding arrest warrant and you give yourself in voluntarily then you are much less likely to be arrested and find yourself on the DNA register.

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Search Free Arrest Warrants | How to Find Out if You Have a Warrant

Can you check for free arrest warrants?

Arrest warrants, even active warrants are public records which means that they are accessible to you or to anyone else in many cases. If you are checking your records and search free arrest warrants on yourself then it should be a simple matter of visiting the courthouse and make an enquiry. This is ok if you know where your arrest warrant was issued but it’s a whole different story if you aren’t sure where the warrant might be. You might need to make a visit to every courthouse that could have your warrant and there’s a lot of them. I’m going to give you a few tips on how you can search for free arrest warrants easily and quickly.

The most obvious way to find an arrest warrant for free is to ask a police officer. Law enforcement officers are able to do a nationwide search for any warrants that you might have so it sounds like a good idea. You might have a problem using this free method if you want to know if someone else has a warrant though. You could also find yourself arrested on the spot if the officer discovers a warrant on you. This is not a free arrest warrant search method that I would recommend.

If you go to the court records office you should be able to ask about arrest warrants. In most case it should be free to ask and there is little chance of getting arrested which makes this method viable if you know which area the warrant was raised in. If you are looking for warrants issued anywhere then you are not going to find them unless you visit every court house in the country. This is impractical as there are far too many places to visit.

Is a national free check for arrest warrants possible?

Can you imagine trying to visit every courthouse in the land or even just contacting them all? It would take you forever and you would have to do it very time you wanted to do a national check. It’s not going to happen is it. You could get a private investigator to do it for you but that’s hardly going to be free is it. Contacting every courthouse yourself is going to cost you in traveling and telephone charges so not even that method is completely free.

Consider paying just a small amount for national access to arrest warrants

What if you could just go online and find all the active arrest warrants, criminal records, court records and other background information, from all over the country? Sounds a fantasy doesn’t it and just a few years ago it would have been. The birth of the Internet has changed all that. Some companies have realized that there are a lot of people very interested in finding out public information like arrest warrants and doing background checks on themselves or on other people. To satisfy this mass market they have built up huge databases and web sites stuffed full of all the information you could hope to find on just about anyone.

Some of these public records web sites will require payment for each search that you do but there are others that allow you to do unlimited searches when you sign up with them. Either way the charges are small because the market is so large that they can cover their costs easily. It’s a lot easier than trying to visit every courthouse in the land every time you want to check someone out. You can go online and search free arrest warrants in public records in the next 5 minutes. Try it out now.

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Criminal Records: Is The Justice System Just?

The truth is out there if anyone would bother to look for it

I sit here thinking about the injustice that goes on in our society today. I’m sure that you and most other people in the “civilised” world, assume that society investigates crimes to determine the truth. The guilty get punished and the innocent go free.

I thought the same way until very recently when a friend was charged with a serious offence that, in my opinion, he did not commit. Yes there was evidence to consider him a suspect but certainly not enough evidence to prove beyond doubt that he was guilty of the crime.

Are the police more interested in the conviction that they are in the truth?

We all believed that the police and legal teams would work together to uncover the truth and that the defendant would be cleared of the charges against him.

Did this happen? No it did not. The police had no other suspects so they stopped looking for evidence that could have cleared his name. He had no alibi and no way of proving his innocence. The trial went ahead with no clear evidence that he was guilty or innocent.

You would have thought that with no clear evidence of guilt that the jury would return a not guilty verdict on the grounds that there was reasonable doubt. But no, they did exactly the opposite and they did it unanimously.

The jury does not always make the right decision

I believe that even the prosecution team was surprised at this verdict. They had made a complete mess of the evidence all along. Making up scenarios that suggested guilt but were complete fiction.

This innocent man is now doing a long custodial sentence and his name will be tarnished forever. He has been condemned to a lifetime of low paid jobs and public disgrace.

There needs to be a change in the justice system. We will never be able to call ourselves a civilized society until our justice system becomes more interested in finding the ruth than it is about due process and makeing someone pay even if it is the wrong person. Lets not forget also that the real guilty person is still out there, potentially committing crimes. No one is looking for the real criminal.

There are more innocent people in prison than you might think

Since this case came to court I have learned that convicting innocent people has become, or still is, far more common than you could ever imagine. You don’t have to go far to fnd accounts of many alleged crimes where the evidence just does not make sense to convict someone and yet they were.

It seems that the police will go to great lengths to secure evidence that will point to a conviction at the expense of evidence to the contrary.

The jury have an impossible job

In court, the prosecution’s job is to get that conviction, not to find the truth. The jury have an impossible job of making sense of biased and unreliable evidence with no training or expertise to help them do the job. Is it any wonder that they vote with their emotions rather than fact. They are more likely to convict someone because they don’t like them than they are to examine the factual evidence objectively.

You might want to think about this the next time you look up someone’s criminal record or arrest record. Not everyone that is arrested or even convicted, are guilty.

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How Can Speed Traps Get You A Warrant For Arrest

How do speed traps work and how did I end up with an arrest warrant?

Isn’t technology great? Until very recently, if the police were going to catch you driving too fast in your car then they would have had to follow you in their car for some distance to measure your speed before they stopped you to write you out a ticket. Things were much more hands on back then. You knew that you had just been caught for a speed violation and you knew what you had to do next because the police gave you instructions.

Those were the days but it’s all different now. You can pick up speeding tickets and other violations while you are driving without even being aware that you were doing anything wrong let alone getting caught doing it. You only have to drive past a police radar speed trap a little too fast and that’s enough to trigger a citation. You will get it in the mail a few days or even weeks later. If you ignore the letter or it gets lost in the mail then it’s likely that you’ll end up with a warrant for your arrest.

Police radar speed traps can be detected

Have you ever stood at the side of a rail track when a train is approaching and noticed that the sound the train makes changes in pitch as it gets closer to you then further away again. This is called the “doppler effect” and the technique is used in radar speed traps to catch you exceeding the speed limit. The difference is that radar uses radio waves instead of sound but the principle is the same.

Radar speed guns send out beams of radio waves that tend to go in all directions not just directed at your vehicle. The radio waves can be detected by installing a simple device in your car which can alert you to the fact that there is a radar speed trap in the area and give you time to slow down and avoid getting a ticket.

Police Laser speed traps are harder to detect

Your radar detector won’t be any help to you against the new breed of laser speed guns which are fast replacing the old radar gun trap. Laser speed detector guns send out a narrow beam of light which shines on your car and the equipment actually measures the time that it takes the light beam to hit your car and return to the gun. This is a very accurate way of measuring speed and it’s also very difficult to detect one in operation because there is only one beam of light to detect.

There are no electronic counter measures that I know of that can effectively give you an early warning of a laser speed trap. This means that you could get a letter in the mail unexpectedly at almost any time. Don’t ignore it when it comes because it could turn into an arrest warrant if you do.

What can you do about this new technology?

Well you could try obeying the law and keeping your speed under the limit at all times. This is easier said than done of course. First you have to make sure that you know what the speed limit is at all times then you have to keep your speed under it all the time. It only takes one small mistake on your part and you’ve just picked up a ticket.

If you can’t avoid getting caught in a police speed trap then you must make sure that you pay the fine or protest your innocence as soon as possible. Yes the police do make mistakes so it’s worth making sure that you were actually there when they say you were. If for some reason the fine turns into a warrant then you can takes steps to find out about it as soon as possible and deal with it before you get arrested.

Use new technology to find out about warrants before the cops come to arrest you

It’s now possible to search the entire country to find out if you’ve got an arrest warrant. Only recently has new Internet technology been available to enable you to do this. It’s so simple that you can do a comprehensive search in much less than 10 minutes. This means that you can do it regularly to find out if you’ve picked up any warrants because you never got the letter or you’ve forgotten to pay the fine.

It’s becoming increasingly more difficult to avoid getting arrest warrants so make sure that you find out about them fast when they do pop up. Once you’ve found out that you have one, deal with it as soon as you can. Speak to a lawyer to make sure that you do things the right way. Trust me, this is a whole lot better than waiting until the cops come to arrest you.

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Arrest Records Public | Free Availability To Public records

You might not know this but arrest records are public and free to access. I say “free” but you might find that you need to pay some kind of administration fee depending on how you obtain the records information. The free part is more to do with the lack of restrictions imposed upon you when obtaining or using the public information. You generally need to spend something whether it is your time or your money. You can do it in a fast and efficient manner very cheaply though.

Criminal records are public records

Most criminal records are public and free too. This makes it relatively easy now to do a criminal background check on someone. It’s also getting easier and easier by the day as more and more public records become available online. You can already access more information than you could ever imagine about almost anyone you can think of. This has been made possible by the recent development of public records databases on the Internet.

If you spend long enough online you should be able to find sources of free public arrest records and warrants. Go to your favorite Internet search engine and type in “arrest records” followed by the state that you are interested in. It can be a time consuming job finding all the relavent web pages from every county in the state but you can end up with some good resources if you stick at it.

Arrest records – public background checks

Free public arrest records are increasingly being used by individuals and employers to check out the backgrounds of friends, neighbors, job applicants, boyfriends, girlfriends and other people that you come in contact with. It can become very time consuming however if you try to do all of this for free without spending any money at all. If you want to do a lot of checking up on people then the free methods just aren’t very practical.

Please remember that arrest records are not convictions. You can get arrested for all sorts of silly little breaches of the law and bang you have a record. This does not necessarily mean that you are a bad person or even that you are guilty of what you were arrested for.

To help speed up the process and allow you to look up free arrest records, public criminal records and much more on anyone you need to, you can safely use a public records investigation web site. They do charge a small fee but you can get a lot of information for your money.

Searching public arrest records and warrants can be fast and efficient

A good investigations web site will give you unlimited access to as many criminal records, warrants and arrest records, public and free to access. You will also be able to search for other information too. Bankruptcies, property records, addresses, neighbors and all sorts of information you might want to know about.

Using commercial public records web sites can be very fast and very efficient. If you subscribe to an unlimited service then you can do literally hundreds of searches in a single evening. This makes searching for arrest warrants, public and free as close to reality as you can get.

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Check Warrants For Arrest And Keep Your DNA

There seems to be a growing culture amongst law enforcement agencies to collect DNA from everyone that they can. This is being made possible in more and more areas by laws which allow DNA to be taken and stored from anyone who gets arrested. If you think that you might have an active arrest warrant somewhere then you would be wise to check and if you have one get it dealt with as soon as you can. If you don’t get arrested then you won’t be forced to donate your DNA.

“Why is this such a big deal?” I hear you ask. Isn’t it a good thing that DNA information is available to the police so that they can identify more suspects in crimes? On the face of it you would be right. Using DNA matching techniques investigators are able to eliminate suspects where the DNA does not match. They can also search the ever growing database of DNA samples to find suspects that would otherwise go undetected even when decades have passed since the crime was committed.

When used responsibly by professional investigators, DNA matching can be a very powerful ally to law enforcement but can you trust this kind of technological power to the people who run our justice systems? A recent case in the UK would suggest that you can not. A man was convicted for a rape 16 years before when the only real evidence presented was a DNA match. While the DNA made the defendant a suspect it certainly did not prove guilt and yet the jury saw fit to convict.

So my advice is to go out of your way to avoid getting yourself arrested. One way to help you do this and keep your DNA to yourself is to regularly check your warrants for arrest and deal with them before the police get around to acting on it.


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How To Check Warrants For Arrest | Its No Joke If You Have An Arrest Warrant

So where do you go to check warrants for arrest?

Imagine how you would feel if a police officer turned up at your door with an arrest warrant for you. Would you think that it was amusing? Well you might, for an instant before you realized that this was for real and not some Kiss-O-Gram prank. Your heart starts to race, your head spins and you break out in a cold sweat right there on the doorstep. It won’t matter if you have done anything wrong or not. I’m guessing that your reaction will be the same either way.

If you deal with an arrest warrant by getting yourself a lawyer, handing yourself in and getting it sorted out before you get the call from the police then things can be very different for you. This is why you should never ignore a warrant when you know that you have one. But it’s not always easy to know when you have a warrant, especially when you never actually committed any offence. So how do you check for arrest warrants?

Are you familiar with what an arrest warrant is?

There are at least two kinds of warrants both of which can ultimately result in your arrest. “Bench Warrants” are issued by the court rather than the police. You will most likely get a Bench warrant if you fail to follow the courts instructions like turn up in court, pay a fine or perform some other duty. The more commonly understood “Arrest Warrant” would normally be raised by the police by application to a judge. This can happen if the police can demonstrate that they have enough evidence to suspect that you might have committed an offence. You don’t have to have actually done anything wrong.

Is someone else using your name and personal information?

It’s no laughing matter if someone steals your identity either. Especially if they use it to commit a crime and leave you to carry the blame. This has to be one of the worst scenarios that you can think of. The thief might have not only stolen your money from your bank account and taken out loans in your name, they might also have landed you with a warrant for arrest for something that you have absolutely no knowledge of too.

Get there first ahead of the cops

Perhaps the greatest invention of the 20th Century is the Internet and it’s just getting better and better. You can find almost anything online and vast amounts of new information are being added every day. It’s no surprise then that you might be able to find your warrants online if you know where to go. There are web sites dedicated to gathering this kind of information so it’s never been as easy to check for your warrants for arrest.

You don’t have to stop at arrest warrants or be satisfied with searching for information just about yourself either. Online public records web sites allow you to do background checks on just about anyone you want and no one needs to know that you have been investigating.

Are there other ways to check for arrest warrants?

You don’t have to use the easy route of looking for your warrants in public records online. There are some alternatives that you can try.

You can do nothing and wait to be arrested. It’s a gamble and if it pays off then all is well and good. But are you prepared to take the risk?

Make a trip to the courthouse where the court records are kept. This will work fine if you know that you have a warrant and which court issued it. It’s no good if you might have a warrant somewhere else.

Ask a police officer. This will most likely work like a charm. The trouble is it might work too well and get you arrested on the spot.

To check warrants for arrest easily and quickly the best way is to use a Background checking web site.

How To Find Out If You Have A Warrant For Arrest
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How To Find Out If You Have A Warrant For Arrest

Do you know how to find out about warrant for your arrest?

Do you know if there are any warrants for your arrest outstanding? Have you checked lately? There are a number of reasons why warrants may have been placed on you and you might not even be aware of it. If you do have warrants and you ignore them it could prove costly for you when they finally catch up and arrest you. So how do you find out if you have a warrant for arrest?

There might be warrants issued against you for some very simple reasons. You might have some unpaid parking tickets that you’ve forgotten about. Perhaps you missed a court appearance or there’s been a clerical error at the courthouse. You might even be a suspect in a crime and they simply haven’t been able to find you yet.

Ways to find out if you have a warrant for arrest – Ask a police officer

The easiest way to find out if you have a warrant for arrest is to ask a police officer. They will access their databases and will be able to tell you quickly and at no cost to you. No cost that is unless you do have a warrant against you and they decide to arrest you on the spot. If you don’t like the idea of possibly being arrested then don’t ask a police officer.

Visit your courthouse

If you suspect that you have a warrant for arrest and you know which area it would have been issued in then go and ask at the relevant courthouse. They will be able to tell you if you’ve been issued with any and you probably won’t get arrested unless the crime is serious. This approach is less effective if the warrant was issued elsewhere.

Use an online service

You can now find out if you have warrants for arrest anywhere in the US by using an online website. All the public databases you need are now available to you in an easy to access and affordable way. In addition, they are completely confidential so there is no possibility of you getting arrested by using them.

If you simply ignore the possibility that you may have warrants for your arrest they will catch up to you eventually by which time the fines and costs could be substantial. Don’t take the risk, find out if you have a warrant for arrest now.

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Arrest Warrants | How Criminal Identity Theft Can Get You A Warrant

Getting your identity stolen could mean getting arrest warrants

Identity theft is something that you have to live through before you can fully understand how much it will devastate your whole life. Your money can disappear, your credit rating can get shattered and in some cases, it can even get you an arrest warrant. Yes there are things that you can do to reduce the risk of it happening to you but if someone is determined enough then in many cases it’s very easy for a thief to assume your identity.

The best thing that you can do is to be on the lookout for signs that your identity has been stolen. In most cases the problems get worse the longer the situation goes undetected so the earlier that you can catch it the better it will be for you.

One of the main reasons, in my opinion, for the apparent increase in identity theft is the Internet. It’s a great tool and I couldn’t do without it but with it’s many benefits it has brought a few problems. One of these problems is the ease with which someone can get hold of your personal details and use them to impersonate you. The more information that exists on the Internet and the more transactions that are made all increase the risk of this happening.

You can take simple common sense precautions to reduce your risk of information theft but you can’t eliminate it altogether. The more information that is stored digitally the more the risk. Especially when government officials seem to be so prone to loosing disks with your details on.

How does criminal identity theft get you an arrest warrant?

I know that it’s not an obvious consequence of identity theft. Your first thoughts are always cast towards your finances. Your bank accounts, credit cards, loans that you never took out, purchases that you never bought etc. This is the classic and perhaps the most common scenario. The thief has stolen your identity in order to steal your money. But what if the thief stole your identity for another purpose?

What if the identity thief stole your details to use as a cover for some crime. A bank robbery perhaps or some confidence hustle. If this is the case and the thief gets caught then the police are given your stolen details instead of those of the criminal. When the thief skips bail it will be you that gets the warrant.

The above is a made up situation and you might say that this should never happen. The police should have verified the thief’s identity but do they always have the time to do that? especially if the crime was committed in a different area.

Find your arrest warrants early and deal with problems quickly

Minimize the pain that you will have to endure by dealing with an arrest warrant quickly. Check to see if you have arrest warrants regularly and sort them out right away.

Arrest Warrants | How Criminal Identity Theft Can Get You A Warrant
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