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Arrest Warrant in Pinellas County, FL

If you have an outstanding arrest warrant or capias pending in Pinellas County, then you have come to the right place.

The attorneys at Sammis Law Firm, P.A., help clients resolve a variety of outstanding arrest warrants in Pinellas County, FL, including:

  • probable cause arrest warrant;
  • failure to appear (FTA) capias;
  • bench warrant;
  • direct file warrant from the State Attorney’s Office;
  • violation of probation (VOP) warrant;
  • contempt warrant;
  • juvenile pick up order; or
  • fugitive extradition warrant.

Our attorneys have handled all kinds of warrants. We have represented clients on arrest warrants that are 10, 20, or 30 years old. In other cases, we are hired moments before the warrant is issued.

For any of these types of arrest warrants in Pinellas County, FL, contact attorney Leslie Sammis or another attorney at Sammis Law Firm to discuss your case. We can help you decide on the best way to address the warrant and the underlying cause.

To find an outstanding arrest warrant, you can call the warrants desk at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office at 727-582-6192 or use the search feature on their website. Additional information can be found on the website for the Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit court.

Lawyers for Warrants in Pinellas County, FL

The attorneys at the Sammis Law Firm can help you after a warrant or capias is issued by a judge at the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center on 49th Street in Clearwater, FL.

We also represent clients after a failure to appear in traffic court for a criminal traffic case at North County Traffic Court at 29582 U.S. Highway 19 North.

Call us today to find out what you need to do right now to protect yourself. Don’t put off resolving the warrant or capias that was issued in Pinellas County, FL.

The sooner you resolve the warrant the better. We can help you fight to resolve your case for the absolute best results.

We aggressively fight the charges to protect our clients. Contact us to find out how we can put our experience to work for you.

Call 813-250-0500.


Resolving an Outstanding Warrant in Pinellas County

When you contact our office about your outstanding bench or arrest warrant, our criminal defense attorneys for Pinellas County can help you determine the best course of action.

Your attorney can help you decide which options might be available for an outstanding warrant issued in Clearwater or St. Petersburg, FL, including:

  1. determining whether the warrant is active;
  2. understanding why the warrant was issued in the first place;
  3. finding out whether the warrant allows you to bond out before first appearance hearing, and if so, the bond amount; or
  4. deciding on the best course of action if the warrant has a “no bond” condition.

A criminal defense attorney in Pinellas County can also help you decide whether you should:

  • allow your attorney to file a “motion to withdraw the warrant” or capias (especially if the warrant was issued because you failed to appear in court or were late for your last court appearance);
  • accompany your attorney to court on a “Motion to Surrender” so that you might avoid going into custody with an unreasonably high bond; or
  • surrender yourself at the jail on the warrant so that your attorney can attend your first appearance hearing the next morning.

Your attorney can also help you resolve the underlying case on the best possible terms by helping you do all of the following:

  • invoke your right to remain silent under the Fifth Amendment and your right to counsel under the Sixth Amendment so that the investigating officers will not attempt to interrogate you about the allegations;
  • schedule an emergency bond motion so that your attorney can petition the court to lower the bond amount to a more reasonable amount given your financial circumstance, or ask the court to release you on a signature bond (release on own recognizance or ROR bond) that does not require you to post any money with a bail bondsman; or
  • defend you against the underlying charges so that you can effectively fight for the best possible results.

Violent Offender Warrant Unit of the PCSO

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office created a new violent offender warrant unit in April of 2013. The Violent Offender Warrant Unit costs $400,000 per year and includes five detectives. The unit at the sheriff’s office is supervised by Sgt. Bryan Bingham.

The warrant unit focused on arresting fugitives from justice with warrants outstanding for a variety of violent felony offenses including burglaries, kidnapping, and aggravated battery.

The warrant unit also targets individuals with warrants with lesser or non-violent charges if the fugitive has a history of violent crime. Many of these warrants were issued after a failure to appear in court on a serious felony.

The Violent Offender Warrant Unit was formed after the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office disbanded its 16-members warrants bureau in 2009 because of budget cuts. From 2009 until 2013, the task of making warrant arrests was assigned to regular patrol deputies.

By the end of 2012, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office had more than 55,000 backlogged warrants with over 14,000 active felony arrest warrants.

By September of 2013, that number had declined to about 45,000 warrants with just over 13,000 felony warrants. Patrol deputies with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office continue to serve warrants in misdemeanor cases.


Additional Resources

FDLE’s Florida Arrest Warrant Search – Search the Florida Criminal Information Center (FCIC) Public Access System (PAS) for wanted individuals throughout all counties in Florida including Pinellas County, FL. For basic information about an arrest warrant, check the FDLE website to perform a warrant search by name and date of birth.

Pinellas County Arrest Warrants – Search the public records for outstanding bench warrants, arrest warrants, failure to appear warrants, and the capias for arrest issued for Clearwater or St. Petersburg criminal felony, misdemeanor, and traffic case in Pinellas County, FL. The Sheriff’s Violent Offender Warrants Unit uses a proactive approach to searching for men and women wanted on warrants for violent crimes.

Florida Extradition Warrant – Find out more about fugitive warrants for extradition to or from Pinellas County, FL. When the felony arrest warrant is issued in Pinellas County, Florida, the FCIC will include information about whether the State of Florida is willing to extradite the individual back if the individual is arrested on the warrant in another State. After that arrest, an attorney may be able to convince the judge in Pinellas County to release the individual long enough so that the individual can voluntarily surrender in the jurisdiction that has an outstanding warrant.


Finding a Lawyer for a Pinellas County Arrest Warrant

Act quickly to hire an attorney as soon as you find out that a criminal investigation has begun. Your attorney can often provide favorable or exculpatory evidence to the investigating officer in an attempt to keep a warrant from being issued in the first place.

If the warrant in Pinellas County, FL, was already issued, then contact the criminal defense attorneys for Pinellas County, FL, at Sammis Law Firm are experienced in helping our clients resolve an outstanding arrest warrant for any misdemeanor or felony charges.

A contempt warrant in Pinellas County, FL, can be issued if you fail to obey a court order.

Arrest warrants in Pinellas County, FL, are served by law enforcement agencies in Pinellas County including the Sheriff’s Office Violent Offender Warrant Unit, the St. Petersburg Police Department, the U.S. Marshal Service, the Gulfport Police Department, the Treasure Island Police Department or the Pinellas Park Police Department.

Whether you are charged with a simple misdemeanor or a more serious felony offense, we fight each case aggressively to help our client fight for the best possible result.

Contact us to speak directly with an attorney about the best way to resolve your case.

Call 813-250-0500.


This article was updated on Friday, August 21, 2020.

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