The concept of turning yourself into jail can seem scary and overwhelming but in actuality it can relieve a lot of stress and make a better case for you in the long run. Here are some things to know if you have an arrest warrant out of think you might have one.
Call a bail bondsman and make sure there is a warrant
If you are not completely sure that you do in fact have a warrant out for your arrest then the first step should be to get in touch with a bail bondsman as soon as possible. This is because they will have the ability to look at the databases to confirm that you do have a warrant and at that point can also see if a bond may have already been set. If a bond has been set then you can potentially avoid not only jail but arrest altogether by paying the bond in advance. If there is a warrant but not bond has yet to be set
Where to report
When reporting, you will most likely be going to a local county jail or adult correctional facility. You can report at any time but it is recommended to go in early and in the middle of the week. This is the optimal time because the law enforcement officers will not be as busy or backed up from arrests over the weekend which means you can be booked quicker and overall just spend less time in jail.
What to bring
It is important to have the necessities with you when turning yourself in. If you use an inhaler, walker or any other type of mobility aid it is important to take it with you from the start as well as any medications that you need to take consistently. Expired medications however won’t be permitted so it is best to check the labels before going in. It is also mandatory to have some type of ID on you and if you plan on paying directly to the courts for bond then cash will also be needed.
Overall, it is never pleasant to have to think about the logistics of going to jail but with the right amount of preparation and expectations, you will most likely end up having an easier time dealing with it all as well as probably helping your case by making the most responsible decision.