When a federal investigative agency, such as the FBI, the ATF or the DEA, feels they have sufficient evidence to suspect that you have committed a crime, they present their case to a federal magistrate judge. If the magistrate feels there is enough evidence to move forward, he or she will issue a federal arrest warrant. The warrant is typically executed by a U.S. Marshal, although any person who is authorized by the courts to serve a civil federal summons may also execute the warrant.
The warrant must include:
- The defendant’s name, or if not known, a description by which the defendant can be identified with reasonable certainty
- A description of the offense being charged
- Command that the defendant be arrested and brought without unnecessary delay before a magistrate judge or, if none is reasonably available, before a state or local judicial officer
- Be signed by a judge
How do you know if there is a federal warrant for your arrest?
“Knock and announce,” where law enforcement officials knock on your door and identify themselves and their authority to enter, is the way many find out that a federal warrant for their arrest is being executed. If you feel you might be a federal crime suspect, being proactive is your best defense.
Hiring a federal criminal defense attorney as soon as possible may not prevent a warrant from being issued, but it can help you be prepared for what comes next. Look for a lawyer who:
- Has specific experience in defending those charged with federal crimes, such as drug or arms trafficking or federal fraud activities
- Can explain what is happening clearly and keeps you informed through every step of the process
- Is trial-tested and aggressive in defending your rights
You can check online to see if you may have a federal arrest warrant
While it doesn’t replace the need for an attorney, you may be able to find out if a federal (or state) arrest warrant has been issued. Florida residents can check here: http://pas.fdle.state.fl.us/pas/restricted/PAS/person/WantedPersons.jsf
Please note that this information is not necessarily up to date and only includes information that has been authorized for release to the public.
Talk to a skilled federal crimes defense lawyer
Even if you have already been arrested, you have the right to legal counsel. Don’t forgo that right. Call (305) 403-7323 or reach out to attorney Nayib Hassan online to discuss your case and your needs.