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What To Do When… You Have a Warrant for Your Arrest.

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What To Do When… You Have a Warrant for Your Arrest.

On this legal video podcast chat with a Criminal Law subject matter in our What To Do When… podcast series, please join our hosts Jackie Critzer and Scott Cardani as they share about What To Do When… You Have a Warrant for Your Arrest. This video and audio podcast episode focuses on Arrest Warrants with a legal slant when you’re navigating the journey of turning yourself in for an arrest warrant with legal wisdom.

Tune in today for not only our top 3 take-aways, but also some chat about the following subject matters and other helpful action items from a ‘legal chat slant’ from Critzer Cardani’s legal partners.

  • What to do when a warrant for arrest is issued.
  • The importance of understanding court schedules for those with warrants. (1:17)
  • A Virginia attorney’s steps in navigating the legal system for a client’s release from jail. (2:55)
  • The Criminal Justice system and potential for lengthy detention without proper legal representation. (4:35)
  • What to do when arrested or issued with an arrest warrant. (6:02)

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What To Do When… Intro 00:01
Welcome to What To Do When… A podcast from real lawyers with real perspective, where we explore a variety of legal issues and scenarios. Each week we focus on a new topic and discuss what to do when and if any of these legal scenarios ever happened to you or a loved one. With over 40 years of combined legal experience, our hosts offer their unique perspectives and insights on a range of real life legal situations.

Jackie Critzer 0:29

Thanks for joining us here at Critzer Cardani for another podcast. I’m Jackie.

Scott Cardani 0:33

I’m Scott. Jackie, what’s on the docket for today?

Jackie Critzer 0:36
What To Do When… You Have a Warrant for Your Arrest.

Scott Cardani 0:39
Oh, yeah.

Jackie Critzer 0:40
First of all, how do you and this is a dumb question. How do you know there’s a warrant for your arrest?

Scott Cardani 0:44
Sometimes you don’t. That’s the really scary thing. Sometimes, all the sudden, you get a knock on your door and they’re there to pick you up.

Jackie Critzer 0:51
Oh, or it’s traffic stop.

Scott Cardani 0:53
Or it’s traffic’s… traffic stops are a little different. Normally, you’re not going to be arrested on traffic stuff. It’s usually a summons there’s a difference between a warrant a summons. I won’t get into real detail warrants. Summons Are you going to be released but you’re gonna be told what your crime as you were speeding,

Jackie Critzer 1:07
no, but I mean, if you if you’re being pulled over, and there’s a warrant for your arrest…

Scott Cardani 1:11

Jackie Critzer 1:12
You’re in the tracking traffic stop. Right? Then you’re, you’re going to the pokey.

Scott Cardani 1:16
You’re goin’ to the pokey…

Jackie Critzer 1:16

Scott Cardani 1:17
This is a big deal, because the reason I want to talk about it, especially if you’re in a smaller jurisdiction is this is where it’s really important. Like if it’s in the city of Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, most of those courts have court every single day, and we don’t think much about it. If you’re in a small jurisdiction like Fluvanna..

Jackie Critzer 1:36

Goochland. Yeah, all those smaller jurisdictions surrounding, they may only have circuit court or general district court on a day a week, like in Bucha. It’s every Monday.


Scott Cardani 1:48
So for instance, most people’s instincts in this one we’re talking about, you get a phone call. Hello, Mr. Cardani, we have a warrant for your arrest, when can you turn yourself in? Right? That’s sort of how it happens. Sometimes you get a phone call.

Jackie Critzer 2:03

Scott Cardani 2:03
And so most people go, I’ll come down now and turn myself in. It’s Tuesday. You may sit till Monday, before anybody can get you help. And not because you’re bad, the crime may be something that might be fairly minor in the sense of you may not serve a day in jail, on that kind of crime. And you’re going to spend a week in jail because…

Jackie Critzer 2:27
Your timing.

Scott Cardani 2:28
Your timing and not knowing the system. So this is a really, really, really simple thing, and really important. But if you have a warrant for your arrest, make sure you contact a criminal lawyer, find out what the deal is get some advice and counsel. It seems wrong. And I’m not saying not to turn yourself in. Don’t hear that. Because you’re gonna say, you know, what do you tell people not to do some more? I’m not telling you not to turn yourself in. I am telling you to get an… to talk to an attorney, find out what’s going on, and create the best strategy. First thing I did, I had a case recently in one of the smaller jurisdictions. And the first thing I did when a guy called me was I looked at the courts website figured out when they had court.


And I was like, Okay, I only have court tomorrow.

Jackie Critzer 3:15

Scott Cardani 3:16
I’ve got to thread this needle really fast. So I started making all the prep calls. I call it the clerk’s office, I called the sheriff’s office, I called the jail, made sure that this whole thing if my guy went out and turned himself in, number one where he should turn himself in where’s the best place to turn himself in? And what was going to happen and what he actually get on the docket for the next day?

Jackie Critzer 3:35

Scott Cardani 3:35
If the if and again, when you go to jail, to say no, when you turn yourself in the first you get a magistrate immediately, which is not a judge, it’s a lower person who can it can determine bond if he thinks it’s reasonable, but a lot of those guys, some do, some don’t. Some guys say well, I can’t give you a bond, I don’t know enough about this case, hold you. That’s what I’m worried about. So all of a sudden, you don’t have a bond, and you’re sitting. So even for a seasoned attorney like me, the amount of hoops I jumped through to try to get make sure this needle was threaded, was not simple. I had a wonderful clerk’s office who really helped me out, but they didn’t have to. I had a wonderful jail who really helped me out and gave me good information. And I was able to I just had a sense that my guy wasn’t going to be led out by the magistrate because of the nature of the charge.

Jackie Critzer 4:25

Scott Cardani 4:26
And so luckily, I was there the next day, we had a bond motion already pre filed and my guy got on and got out so he had to spend a night in jail, which is still bad enough. But the point is…

Jackie Critzer 4:36
It could have been many more nights.

Scott Cardani 4:38
It could have been so many more nights. And you know, in a lot of times lawyers can call the Commonwealth attorney and you can arrange when you’re going to turn them in and put them on the docket and all that kind of stuff. So the point is, you can’t just make your own decisions as a criminal defendant when you don’t know the law, you don’t know the circumstances, you don’t know what you’re doing.

Jackie Critzer 4:57
You don’t know the people involved.

Scott Cardani 4:59
You don’t know The procedure, you could end up being in a situation where you’re held a lot longer than you ever would have thought.

Jackie Critzer 5:06
Compromising families, your income, your job. There’s just so much that that can go wrong when you don’t seek counsel from an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Scott Cardani 5:19
I have seen it where smaller jurisdictions will purposely arrest people on Tuesday when courts Monday, so they have a week, they get to hold them for a week knowing that that’s going to happen to know that’s going to happen. They can say they, I mean, they looked me straight in the eyes, Oh, we didn’t realize it was going out like that. Okay, I knew is going to happen. And that was a jurisdiction where I had to fight and fight and fight. And they’re like, We don’t have any judges. I said, you have to constitution and get my guy before a judge and I made them do it. Luckily, they did it. They didn’t really have to have to, but they’re supposed to. And it’s constitutional and all those kinds of things. But it doesn’t matter, folks, you will get held if you’re not careful. And you may get held for a long time that you didn’t, you know, the judge may say in the end, I’m just gonna dismiss this case they don’t have enough evidence against you. You know what I am saying? You’re innocent till proven guilty number one. And number two, you have a right to bail or bond, you have a right to be admitted to bail and pay a bond. Just so – that terminology. I used to get corrected all the time. Do you want you don’t want bond you want bail? Oh, yeah, I want admitted to bail so I can pay a bond. But anyways, do that. Call us. We’re Critzer Cardani. We have two guys, very knowledgeable – criminal law here who can help you navigate.

Jackie Critzer 6:31
Oh, question. Yeah, there’s no night court? Like on TV, you know, yet had no?

Scott Cardani 6:38
No idea. Maybe in New York City, but I don’t know about here.

Jackie Critzer 6:41
Not here. Okay. So anyway, set the fallacy in at least the central Virginia area,

Scott Cardani 6:46
There’s a fallacy that people think they’re going to turn themselves in and get out right away.

Jackie Critzer 6:50
Just processed…

Scott Cardani 6:52
And I’m telling you, even if you go to one of the bigger jails, sometimes processing takes hours. You know, depending on their staff.

Jackie Critzer 6:57
And if you are late in the day, that means you’re gonna be there till the next day.

Scott Cardani 7:01
When I was a young lawyer in the city of Richmond and did a lot of work in Chesterfield, Richmond, criminal work, and I tell my guys to turn themselves in like at two o’clock in the morning. Trying to pin-hole that thing where they got held, they would only be held for a couple hours in the morning.

Jackie Critzer 7:16
Sure, sure, sure, sure…

Scott Cardani 7:17
And you got to know when that cutoff time for the magistrate’s office is when they stop processing for the next day, all those things matter, even in big jurisdiction. So again, we’re this is a very short video. It’s meant to be short, this is about when you get arrested, or you have an arrest warrant out for you and you know it, your first phone call should be to an experienced criminal defense attorney to say, hey, I have this thing they want me to turn myself in, what do I do?

Jackie Critzer 7:41

Scott Cardani 7:41
And let him go to work for you to try to figure out the best way to turn yourself in. That makes everybody in the process happy.

Jackie Critzer 7:47

Scott Cardani 7:47
That puts you in the best position like she said, not to lose your home, your car, your job, all that kind of stuff, because you didn’t realize the process and you honestly thought you were doing the right thing.

Jackie Critzer 7:58

Scott Cardani 7:59
We’ve talked about in so many criminal cases, sometimes we think we’re doing the right thing by giving the other side stuff that we shouldn’t be giving them. So this is the same thing. Make sure you’re prepared. Make sure you understand what’s in front of you. And make sure you understand the process so you can walk through this process and say, I’m okay.

Jackie Critzer 8:18
Yep. Perfect. We appreciate you watching and listening. Be sure and listen on any of the podcast platforms that your little heart desires.

Scott Cardani 8:28
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Jackie Critzer 8:31
If you have questions, comments, email us [email protected].

Scott Cardani 8:35
Have a great week.

Jackie Critzer 8:36

What To Do When… Outro 8:37

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