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Arrest Warrant in Pinellas County, FL

Do you have an outstanding arrest warrant or capias pending in Pinellas County issued by a judge in the courthouse in St. Petersburg or Clearwater, FL? If so, 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:

  • failure to appear (FTA) capias;
  • bench warrant;
  • probable cause arrest 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.

Warrants can arise in a variety of different circumstances. We have represented clients on arrest warrants that were 10, 20, or 30 years old. In other cases, we are retained moments before the warrant was issued.

Ideally, you should 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.

For any of these types of arrest warrants, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you at each stage of the case. We can help you decide on the best way to address the warrant and the underlying case.

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. Call (813) 250-0500 to find out how we can put our experience to work for you.

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 Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

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.

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 the outstanding warrant.

Finding a Lawyer for a Pinellas County Arrest Warrant

The criminal defense attorneys for Pinellas County, FL, at the Sammis Law Firm are experienced in helping our clients resolve an outstanding arrest warrant in Pinellas County 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.

Call (813) 250-0500 to speak directly with an attorney about the best way to resolve your case.

This article was updated on Friday, May 31, 2019.

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