Attorney for Arrest Warrants in Nassau County, NY
Warrants are powerful court orders that authorize police officers to place people under arrest or search their homes or other premises. When a person learns that a warrant has been issued for his or her arrest, there is a lot of understandable fear and confusion.
Despite someone’s best efforts to avoid any possible interactions with law enforcement, there is little point to hoping that a warrant will simply go away because bench and arrest warrants issued in New York never expire. The best way to resolve any warrant is to immediately seek legal representation.
If you believe that you are the target of a criminal investigation or you know that a warrant has been issued for your arrest, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Stephanie Selloni can work to help you get the most favorable outcome to your particular situation.
Law Office of Stephanie Selloni represents clients all over the greater Long Island area, including Garden City, Hempstead, Floral Park, Mineola, Westbury, and Freeport. Call (516) 972-1212 today to schedule a free, confidential consultation that will let our firm review your case and discuss your legal options.
New York Warrants/Failure to Appear Information Center
- How do search warrants work?
- What powers do arrest warrants give police officers?
- When are bench warrants issued?
A search warrant authorizes law enforcement to search a person’s home, place of business, or other premises. Search warrants may specify certain hours and time frames in which they can be used.
Traditional search warrants require police officers to show such warrants to the people whose premises they intend to search, but there are also “No Knock Search Warrants” that allow law enforcement to enter without any notice. There are certain instances in which police can search a home, vehicle, or other premises without a warrant, including:
- A person voluntarily consents to a search of his or her property
- Evidence of a crime is in plain view of a police officer
- Law enforcement can search an alleged offender and the area in his or her immediate control immediately after he or she has been placed under arrest
- Police can perform emergency searches when they believe that evidence may be destroyed public safety would be sacrificed before they would be able to get a valid search warrant
An arrest warrant is an order issued by a judge authorizing police to place a criminal suspect under arrest. Unlike search warrants with specific times or dates of applicability, New York Criminal Procedure Law § 120.80 states that arrest warrants “may be executed on any day of the week and at any hour of the day or night.”
Arrest warrants are commonly result from one of two processes:
- An alleged offender has been indicted by a grand jury
- Police have demonstrated probable cause to believe an alleged offender committed a crime
Arrest warrants authorize law enforcement to enter any premises in which they reasonably believe the person named in the warrant to be present. If the criminal suspect is present in the dwelling of a third party, then police officers should give, or make reasonable effort to give, notice of their authority and purpose to an occupant of such premises.
There are three exceptions in which law enforcement can be authorized to enter premises without notice. They include situations in which an officer has reasonable cause to believe that providing such notice will either:
- Result in the alleged offender escaping or attempting to escape
- Endanger the life or safety of the officer or another person
- Result in the destruction, damaging, or secretion of material evidence
Bench warrants are arrest warrants when a person violates the rules of the court. While both types of warrants are issued by a judge, a bench warrant does not need to be initiated by law enforcement.
A judge may issue a bench warrant for any of the following reasons:
- Failure to appear in court
- Failure to pay fine
- Failure to show proof of community service
- Contempt of court
Find the Best Warrants Lawyer in Long Island
When you know that you are the subject of any kind of warrant, it is in your best interest to seek the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney. A lawyer can investigate the validity of the warrant, negotiate the terms of your surrender to avoid an embarrassing public arrest, and help you incur the fewest possible punishments.
Law Office of Stephanie Selloni helps clients facing search warrants, bench warrants, or arrest warrants in Nassau County, Suffolk County, and all five boroughs of New York City. Let our firm see how we can help you by calling (516) 972-1212 right now to take advantage of a free legal consultation.