The Truth About Florida Warrants
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The state of Florida issues thousands of outstanding warrants ranging for minor traffic infractions, delinquent child support, DUI's, criminal arrests, distribution of narcotics, assault and battery charges, property crime, sexual assault, homicide and more. Over the years this system to apprehend criminals has proven to work which is shown by the steady decrease of total crimes in Florida since 1992. Despite the decrease, the crime rate in Florida is still well above the national average.
Below is some useful information and facts pertaining to types of warrants and what to do once you find you have a warrant in your name. Our goal is to help you understand your options and give you the resources to handle the warrant in the correct way.
What Is A Search Warrant?
A search warrant is issued by a judge when law enforcement can prove they have a valid reason to conduct a search backed by evidence of probable cause. A search warrant allows law enforcement to legally search for specific objects, materials or an individual in a specific location at a specified time. Because of their exact nature, search warrants must be used within a specific time frame or he warrant will expire and the right to acquire evidence is relinquished or surrendered. It's then illegal for law enforcement to search a location without obtaining another search warrant first.
Is It Illegal For The Police To Search Me Without A Search Warrant?
The answer to this is yes and no depending on the circumstances. If the police lawfully arrest you or you’re picked up on a previous warrant for your arrest, they have the authority to search you and the area of your immediate control, such as the glove box of your car or the property where they apprehended you at the time. Also, if the police believe someone's life is in danger or a civilian is being threatened, they have the right to search a private residence or location without a search warrant.
The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guards against unreasonable searches and seizures, and requires any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause.
What Can I Do If I Have An Outstanding Warrant In My Name?
Once you find out you have an outstanding warrant the best way to address it is to contact the clerk magistrate's office yourself if the warrant is not too serious to schedule a court appearance. If the warrant is more serious or of a criminal nature, it’s best to contact an attorney on your behalf; preferably one that specializes in criminal matters.
It's important to mention that warrants don't expire. They stay with you indefinitely unless you're able to remove them from your file, which means that you can be apprehended at any time or anywhere if you have an outstanding warrant. That's why it's crucial you find out and address your warrants in a timely manner to avoid further fines and penalties.
Can I Have An Arrest Record Removed From My File?
The good news is - it is possible to have a court or criminal record removed from your file. To have a record expunged means it's destroyed or removed from your personal file forever. Sealing a record just means it won't be available for public view. However, court and legal officials still have the right to review sealed records at any time.
Note: some crimes can't be expunged or removed, such as homicide or sexual assault (if you're found guilty).
Arrest and criminal records don't get erased from your record upon satisfying the warrant. The only way to get the record removed is to have it expunged or sealed by the courts. If you would like to expunge or remove a record from your public file, you must file a petition with the local district court where the record resides. Be aware there's a lengthy process involved. If your record is of a criminal nature and you were found guilty or have multiple offenses on file, it's best to seek legal counsel and advice to avoid problems or refusal. A defense lawyer will act on your behalf to get the record successfully removed and has knowledge of the law. If you were found not guilty or the case was dismissed then the motion to seal the record will almost always be granted by the court.
Florida Crime Rate Well Above the National Average
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FLORIDA STATE CRIME STATS
Violent Crime 98,199
MIAMII CRIMES PER SQ MILE
501 compared to 74 for the entire state of Florida
SOUTH FLORIDA: HAVEN OF ILLEGAL TRADING FOR MILITARY EQUIPMENT
FLORIDA HAS more than 950,000 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, representing 7.3% of the United States illegal alien population
Florida's utilizes a Criminal Punishment Code (CPC) which is a scoring system that determines the minimum allowable sentence for a felony crime.
This is established by assigning a number between 1 and 10, depending on the seriousness of the crime, to every case. The more serious the crime, the higher the number. The point value for all crimes associated with a person are combined for a total to determine a person's sentence.
The system in place is used to measure a person's risk to society. If the number equals more than 44, the person faces a mandatory prison sentence. If the number is less than 44, the person is eligible for probation or a length of community service.
A significant decrease in both the number (34.8%) and rate (54.1%) while Florida's population has increased by 42.1% during the period. 2014 looks to continue that trend. However, the proportion of violent and property crimes has remained steady over time. Despite the decrease, the crime rate in Florida is still well above the national average.
> About Florida Arrest Warrants. In Florida, arrest warrants are entered into the NCIC-National Crime Database. All law enforcement agencies such as Florida Police, State Police and Navel Police have access to the system. Each year the state of Florida issues thousands of outstanding warrants ranging for minor traffic infractions, delinquent child support, DUI's, criminal arrests, distribution of narcotics, assault and battery charges, etc. Florida takes crime very seriously which is shown by the steady decrease of total crimes since 1992.
> Types Of Offenses range from Felony, Drugs, Failing to Appear, and Unpaid Traffic Violations to more significant violations for Aggravated Stalking, Robbery, Burglary, Street Gang Involvement, and Aggravated Assault.
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