Can I Get Arrested on a Warrant in Bucks County During COVID-19?
While the country struggles with a nationwide shutdown, the Bucks County Police Department has instituted new protocols and procedures to keep its officers and the community as safe as possible. Through the implementation of an online system, the Bucks County Police Department can handle non-priority calls while emergency calls continue to go through the 9-1-1 system. These procedures do not stop law enforcement from arresting someone with an outstanding warrant.
If you have an outstanding warrant or if the Bucks County police are at your door, you need the services of an aggressive and skilled Bucks County criminal defense attorney. At Young, Marr, Mallis & Associates, our lawyers have over twenty years of experience representing clients with outstanding warrants. Call us immediately at (215) 372-8667 to schedule a free, confidential consultation or retain our services if necessary.
Arrest Warrants in Bucks County
For an arrest warrant to comply with the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution, it must include specific information, including:
- A detailed and accurate description of the subject of the warrant
- Evidence supporting probable cause for the arrest
- A judge’s signature
In Bucks County, you could have an outstanding warrant for various criminal offenses, including felonies or misdemeanors. Additionally, a warrant could also be for delinquent child support or unpaid traffic tickets. If you failed to appear at a court hearing or proceeding, a bench warrant could be issued in your name. It is possible to have a warrant in your name and have no knowledge of its existence.
The Bucks County police can arrest you anywhere and at any time if there is an outstanding warrant. However, as Bucks County residents are required to stay in their homes due to the threat of COVID-19, the police probably know you are at home. If you are aware of an outstanding warrant, call Young, Marr, Mallis & Associates immediately so you are not taken by surprise.
What If the Police Come to Your Bucks County Home with an Arrest Warrant?
If the Bucks County police come to your door with an arrest warrant, you need the assistance of an experienced Bensalem criminal defense lawyer. If you do not have a lawyer present, you are not required to give a statement; it is your constitutional right to remain silent. In what is commonly known as a Miranda warning, a Bucks County resident who is accused of a crime must be informed that any statements made to the police could be used in further investigations or proceedings. The only thing you should do is request to speak with your attorney.
You also have the right to see the warrant. If you are unable to have an attorney present at the time the police arrive, it is a good idea to at least have our Quakertown criminal defense lawyer on the phone. With the telephonic presence of our attorney, we could prevent misstatements that could potentially hurt your case or prevent searches that could be unlawful.
By retaining the services of a skilled Bucks County criminal defense attorney, you ensure that there is no more communication between you and the police without our presence. We will have access to the information the police have related to any charges you might be facing. Additionally, there should be no more surprise visits to your home or workplace. We are dedicated to providing all of our clients with a vigorous defense to protect their rights.
What If the Bucks County Police Do Not Have a Warrant?
If the police come to your door without either an arrest warrant or a search warrant, you have a constitutional right to prohibit them from entering your home. However, should this occur, you should immediately contact Young, Marr, Mallis & Associates so that we can begin to review your situation thoroughly and, if required, start preparing your defense.
COVID-19 and the Bucks County Court System
Just as the police are operating under specific procedures and protocols to protect themselves and Bucks County residents admit the coronavirus outbreak, the Bucks County court system has also enacted a number of measures to reduce the risk to its employees and constituents. More specifically, executive order 2020-10 suspended all criminal jury trials until after June 15, 2020.
Furthermore, all criminal trial lists, including arraignments and pretrial hearings, are postponed until further notice. This means that you could find yourself lost in the system for longer than usual if you are arrested. It is vital that you take any arrest warrant seriously and contact our knowledgeable Bucks County criminal defense attorneys to ensure your rights are protected.
Call Our Criminal Defense Attorneys Today If the Bucks County Police Have an Arrest Warrant
If the Bucks County police arrive at your door with an arrest warrant, you should not attempt to handle the matter without legal representation. Only the police have all of the details regarding the alleged crime or pending investigation. At this time, the police are not there to serve you or protect your rights. While you should not be hostile, you should not be fully cooperative without talking to an experienced Bucks County criminal defense attorney. If you are facing an arrest or an outstanding warrant, contact Young, Marr, Mallis & Associates today at (215) 372-8667 to ensure your rights are fully protected.