If you believe you have a warrant in Connecticut, there are several ways you can confirm your suspicions. The first-- but perhaps not so palatable-- way would be to simply call the police department, state police, or probation officer that may have the warrant. Some state agencies have investigators that may make arrests as well, such as the Department of Consumer Protection. It is likely that the agency will not confirm the warrant via phone, and request that you visit in person with your ID. They will search in NCIC, COLLECT, and PRAWN, which are systems that only law enforcement has access to. This method of warrant confirmation can have a few obvious, negative results. Being arrested without making preparations with your attorney and bondsman can have some dire consequences, and result in unexpected incarceration.
A more palatable method to verify a warrant for FTA (Failure to Appear) and VOP (Violation of Probation) is to look it up on the Connecticut Judicial website: http://www.jud2.ct.gov/VOP/. Unfortunately, only FTA and VOP warrants can be confirmed in this manner. Other types of arrest warrants must be confirmed through the arresting agency, which is not always easily done in a way that you may wish. In this case, a good bondsman or attorney may be able to obtain the information for you, but there is no guarantee that it can be done.
Please do not be fooled by a person or service which claims they can 100% obtain arrest warrant information unless they are from a state agency.
Your bondsman can help you prepare for the arrest to minimize the time you spend in custody.
There are purge and bench warrants, which do not always result in arrest but do force you to appear before the court. These are usually associated with civil cases. Warrants you may encounter for criminal proceedings are Arrest Warrants, Violation of Probation warrants and Failure to Appear warrants.
An arrest warrant is an order from the court, signed by a judge, which authorizes a police officer to arrest the person or people named in the warrant. Warrants usually name the crime for which the offender is accused, and may restrict the manner in which an arrest can be made. Most warrants also specify the bail that a defendant must post to remain out of jail during the pendency of their case.
Missing court can result in a Failure to Appear (FTA) being issued for your arrest, and a separate criminal charge. Being a very liberal state, Connecticut often gives you a few "second chances" if you do fail to appear for a court date. Some judges will have a bail commissioner's letter sent to you with a new court date; some will send more than one. You can even file for a motion to have a FTA vacated if it's within 5 business days of the forfeiture.
When you fail to comply with the conditions of your probation, it is a Violation of Probation (VOP). To be clear, if you fail to follow ANY of your conditions or you get arrested, your probation officer may violate you. You will be arrested, and you may face jail time for your original charges.
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