What Is A Warrant?

A warrant is a court order issued by a magistrate or municipal judge based on sworn information showing probable cause that you have committed a crime. The information may be supplied by a law enforcement officer or any citizen. The warrant requires that an individual be arrested and brought before a judge. If an officer has a warrant for your arrest, the officer must tell you this, give you a copy and tell you why you are being arrested.Do not resist arrest. If you do, the officer may use any necessary force to arrest you, such as breaking open a door or window. However, after you have been restrained, the officer cannot continue to use force. Even if you are not guilty, it is a crime to resist arrest. In the end, if you have been falsely arrested, you may have some remedy.