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Arrest Warrant Pasco County, FL

If you believe an arrest warrant has been issued in Pasco County, FL, then call our office to discuss your defense. We represent men and women charged with criminal offenses after a warrant initiated by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

The three attorney's in our office focus exclusively on criminal defense. We represent clients at the courthouses in both New Port Richey and Dade City. Call 813-250-0500 to find out the ways to best protect yourself after an arrest or fugitive warrant is issued in Pasco County, FL.

Find Information on the Arrest Warrant

Search the website of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office for the latest information on outstanding arrest warrants issued in Pasco County, FL, by a judge in either the Dade City Courthouse or the New Port Richey Courthouse. The website allows you to search by warrant number, incident number, date the warrant was issued, or the person's name.

The Pasco Sheriff's Office website delays posting information about active warrants for 30 days after the warrant is issued. If you believe you have an active warrant you can contact a criminal defense attorney to discuss the particular facts and circumstances of the case. In many cases, the attorney is able to find out about the warrant before the information is available to the public. Never incriminate yourself by speaking with any law enforcement officer about the facts of the case. Instead, work with your attorney to present all mitigating or exculpatory evidence that may help exonerate you.

If the arrest warrant was issued after you failed to appear in court, an attorney may be able to file a motion with withdraw the capius or warrant so that you do not have to surrender yourself at the jail. Call the attorneys at the Sammis Law Firm to discuss the particular facts of your case. This article was last updated on Thursday, July 3, 2014.

What Happens After the Arrest?

Even after your arrest, the State Attorney's Office in Pasco County will typically take 21 days to make a decision about whether to formally file any charges. The prosecutor can refuse to file any charges, file reduced charges, file the same charges for which you were arrest, or file more serious charges. Having an attorney during that 21 day period may help you obtain the best possible result in your case.

Immediately after you have been arrested on an outstanding arresting warrant, you can usually post bond by cash or with a surety bond after your paperwork has been processed. In domestic violence cases, the court requires that you first appear before the judge so that the judge can decide whether to issue a "no contact" order or a "no violent contact" order to protest the complaining witness or alleged victim of the domestic violence incident.

If your warrant has "no bond" then contact an attorney immediately. A criminal defense attorney can often file an emergency bond motion to request the court to set a reasonable bond. If the bond is high, the attorney can ask the court to lower the bond which often saves the accused person money that would otherwise be waised on a bail bondsman.

What Happens after the Warrant is Issued?

If a warrant is issued, that warrant will be entered into a statewide computer system. That information can then be located by any law enforcement officer conducting a check for warrants (often called a warrant inquiry). If you come into contact with a law enforcement officer you risk an immediate arrest and incarceration. If you are arrested outside of the state or Pasco County you could be extradited (or brought back) to Pasco County, FL.

Turning yourself in at the jail after speaking with a criminal defense attorney is often the fastest and most convenient way to resolve the arrest warrant.  Law enforcement officers in Florida go to extraordinary means to serve outstanding arrest warrants and fugitive warrants including coming to your home or work. If you are pulled over for even a routine traffic violation, the officer will take you into custody. In those cases where you are arrested while driving your vehicle, you may incur additional expenses for impounding, towing, and storing your vehicle.

Search for an Arrest Warrant in Pasco County, FL

Search for Arrest Warrants in Florida - the FDLE website has a search feature that allows members of the public to search for an outstanding arrest warrant issued anywhere in the State of Florida. Please note that there is often a 30 day delay from the time the warrant is issued until it is visible on the FDLE website.

Pasco County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Warrants Unit

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Warrants Unit will usually refuse to give the public information on a warrant over the phone. Instead, a person without an attorney must appear in person at the Pasco County Central Jail located at the following location:

Pasco County Sheriff's Office Fuguitive Arrest Warrant Unit
20101 Central Blvd.
Land O' Lakes, FL 34637
 
You can also find information on active arrest warrants issued in Pasco County on the FDLE website which provides access to warrant information for all wanted subjects in the State of Florida. 

Outstanding Arrest Warrants Sweeps in Pasco County

From time to time, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office will conduct a "sweep" to effect as many arrests for outstanding warrants as possible within a specific period of time. In October of 2011, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office estimated that it had more than 22,000 outstanding warrants. The goal is to bring that number down over time.

Most Common Criminal Charges Resulting in an Arrest in Pasco County, FL

As reflected in the booking records for Pasco County in 2012, there are 7 different types of criminal charges responsible for the highest number of arrests in Pasco County, FL, including:
  1. Domestic Battery;
  2. Violation of Felony Probation;
  3. Violation of Misdemeanor Probation
  4. DUI;
  5. Retail Theft (often called shoplifting, petit theft or grand theft);
  6. Driving While License Suspended or Revoked with Knowledge (DWLSR); or
  7. Possession of Marijuana Not More than 20 Grams.

Agencies in Pasco County Involved in Recent Arrest Warrant Sweeps

Several times each year law enforcement officers in Pasco County, FL, conduct warrant sweeps to search for individuals living in Pasco County with outstanding felony or misdemeanor warrants. Recent sweeps have involved law enforcement officers with the following agencies:

  • Pasco County Sheriff's Office;
  • New Port Richey Police Department;
  • Dade City Police Department;
  • Zephyrhills Police Department;
  • Florida Highway Patrol Florida;
  • Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; and
  • Florida Parole and Probation.

Finding an Attorney for an Arrest Warrant in Pasco County, FL

If you believe that a warrant for your arrest has been issued in Pasco County, FL, by a judge at the Dade City or New Port Richey Courthouse, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the Sammis Law Firm. Call 813-250-0500 today to discuss your case.

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