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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 the Sammis Law Firm can help you after a warrant or capias is issued by a judge at the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center in Clearwater, FL. We also represent clients after a failure to appear in traffic court for a criminal traffic case in either the North County Courthouse in Clearwater or the South County Courthouse in St. Petersburg, FL.

In many misdemeanor cases, the officer will issue a notice to appear instead of making a formal arrest. If you miss your court date, then the court will issue a bench warrant or a capias based on the failure to appear in court. An arrest warrant can also be issued for a misdemeanor or felony charge during a criminal investigation. A violation of probation (VOP) warrant is issued if you violated the terms of your probation in Pinellas County, FL.

If a warrant is issued for a felony charge and then you leave the state, you are considered to be a "fugitive from justice." A felony warrant could result in you being arrested in another state for extradition back to Pinellas County, FL.

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.

Types of Arrest Warrants in Pinellas County, FL

The following types of arrest warrants exist in Florida:

  1. an arrest warrant issued after the State Attorney's Office in Pinellas County determines that the charges should be "direct filed;"
  2. an arrest warrant that is taken out by an officer that investigated the charge alleging probable cause;
  3. a bench warrant for failure to appear (FTA) in court or pay a fine (also known as a capias) after a formal arrest or the issuance of a notice to appear (NTA);
  4. a violation of probation (VOP) warrant;
  5. an out-of-state warrant (also known as the "fugitive from justice" warrant for extradition to another state); or
  6. an out-of-county warrant (being held while awaiting transport to another county in Florida).

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.

Florida Law Enforcement Links for Arrest Warrants

Florida Arrest Warrant - 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.

Pinellas County Criminal Cases and Traffic Infractions

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Jail and Warrant Inquiry

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

An arrest warrant in Pinellas County, FL, is often served by 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.

This article was updated by on Friday, December 8, 2017.