Arrest Warrants in NYC

If you have a warrant out for your arrest in New York, it means living your life in fear. Whether you are a suspect for a serious felony or you missed a court date for a misdemeanor, you never know when contact with a police officer might result in your arrest.

Even if the warrant is very old, arrest and bench warrants issued in the State of New York do not expire. In other words, there is no expiration date for a warrant. The warrant can be cleared by appearing before the judge that issued the warrant.

Depending on the circumstances, the attorney may be able to file a motion to withdraw the warrant. In other cases, the attorney can represent you at first appearance in front of the judge. If you are already in custody, the attorney can file a motion to lower your bond.

New York does not have a central database where you can simply search for active warrants. Instead, you must contact the law enforcement agency in charge, the court system, or hire a criminal defense attorney to assist you.

If you need to find out whether a warrant for your arrest was issued by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) then an attorney can help you contact the Criminal Court's office of arrest or information line. 

If a mistake was made when the arrest warrant was issued, then contact an attorney about whether the warrant can be withdrawn without going into custody. Otherwise, you must turn yourself in at any local police precinct. 

Attorney for Arrest Warrants in New York City

If you have a warrant, contact Rochelle Berliner who understands the best way to resolve an outstanding arrest or bench warrant within the New York City Criminal Courts.

Rochelle Berliner represents clients in the New York City Criminal Courts in New York County, Bronx County, Kings County, and Queens County. She can help resolve a beach warrant, arrest warrant or extradition warrant on the best terms.

Rochelle Berliner's office is conveniently located on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills in the borough of Queens.

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Types of Arrest Warrants Issued in New York City

An arrest warrant is an order signed by a judge giving police authorization to take you into custody and move you to a specific location.  In the case of a bench warrant issue in New York City, the warrant is issued by a judge sitting on the beach in open court, usually because the defendant missed a court date.

If you do not appear in the courtroom and have not otherwise resolved the case or reset the court date, the judge will issue a bench warrant. The bench warrant commands police to arrest you wherever and whenever they find you.

An arrest warrant may also be issued if you miss any other court obligation, like failure to pay a fine or appear for sentencing.

When the district attorney presents allegations to the grand jury and they return an indictment, the court may also issue an arrest warrant. For these types of warrants, the police are more likely to arrive at your home or even your work to put you under arrest. They might even escort you out of your office in handcuffs in front of your co-workers.


How the Arrest Warrant is Served

In New York City, a NYPD officer is trained to run a search for warrants during a routine traffic stop. If a warrant is discovered during that traffic stop, then the officer has little to no discretion — he or she must arrest you.

In other cases, the arrest warrant might be served in a sweep or coordinated effort to pick you up. The New York Police Department (NYPD) has a warrant squad. The NYPD's warrant squad goes to people's homes or offices ot arrest them. 

The warrant squad is not the only part of the NYPD that makes arrests. The NYPD detective involved in obtaining the arrest warrant might look for the person so that he can serve the arrest warrant and attempt to interrogate the person accused of the crime during the process.



Extradition Warrants in NYC

If you are found outside of New York, the decision to extradite you to New York—or send you back to the jurisdiction where you have a warrant—will rest in the hands of authorities. The authorities will often make extradition decisions based on the severity of the crime and a host of other factors.

For the most serious felony charges, the authorities almost always decide to extradict. For misdemeanor offenses, the authorites never extradite a person from another state. For less serious felony warrants, the extradition decision is made on a case by case basis. 

Even though you will not be extradited to New York on a misdemeanor, the arrest warrant may show up in a background search for employment, housing or credit. The warrant might prevent you from qualifying for important government benefits.

While the warrant is outstanding, even for a misdemeanor, you are considered to be a "fugitive from justice."

Search Warrants in NYC

A search warrant gives police authorization to search your home or other premises, but not to take you into custody. While it is not an arrest warrant, it is a strong indicator that police might be investigating you for a crime. You should retain a criminal defense lawyer to be prepared. 

If the police develop probably cause that you committed a crime while they ae serving a search warrant, then they might take you into custody right then and there.

Additional Resources

City of New York Arrest Warrant Information from - Find information about arrest warrants issued by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and the Criminal Court's office of arrest and public information line. Learn more about why old warrants never expire and how to clear the warrant.

Child Support Enforcement Warrants in New York State - Visit the New York Department of State website to find information on the arrest warrants filed in the county clerk's offices throughout the state under Chapter 60, Article 8, Section 171-i of the Tax Law to enforce collection of child support or combined spousal and child support arrears.


New York City Criminal Court Information Line - When you call the NYC information line at (646) 386-4500, the automated phone system will help you connect with the staff at the Crimial Court. The criminal court's staff can help you determine whether a warrant exists for your arrest. Call during normal business hours from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday. 

Warrants in the Queens County - For an arrest warrant issued in the borough of Queens by NYPD, you can get information about the warrant by contacting the Queens County Criminal Court's office of arrest or by using the automated phone system on the information line during business hours. Although even an old warrant never expired, it can be cleared by appearing before the judge in the courtroom that issued the warrant in Queens. The New York City Criminal Courts in Queens County are located at 125-01 Queens Blvd.

Finding an Attorney in Queens for an Arrest Warrant

How can you find out if i have an outstanding arrest warrant issues in New York? Contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Queens to find the warrant and determine the best way to resolve it. 

Rochelle S. Berliner is extremely knowledgeable in criminal court matters and can help guide you through the process. Depending on your circumstances, you may never see the inside of a jail cell.

Contact the Law Office today. Call or submit an online form for a free consultation on how she can help you with any arrest warrant issued in the greater New York City area, including Queens County, Kings County, New York County, Bronx County, Nassau County and Suffolk County.

This article was last updated on Friday, July 2, 2020.