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The Surprising Things That Can Lead To A Warrant For Your Arrest

Eduardo Ibarra
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My name is Eduardo Ibarra. I am a recent graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and have received my Bachelor's in Statistics. I have an affinity for giving back to my community and those around me by taking part in various community-led organizations and programs.
what leads to a warrant for arrest
Have you ever failed to pay a speeding ticket or missed too many days of school?

These may seem like no big deals, but they can actually lead to  having a warrant out for your arrest. And if you are arrested, you could possibly land in jail. 


Many small offenses, although seemingly insignificant, are actually considered criminal misdemeanors in some cities and states in the US. Therefore, a court or police officer can issue a warrant, or court-approved document, to arrest you. 

What minor offenses can cause arrest warrants?

Here are some of the crazy things that in some states, can lead to fines or tickets. And if those go ignored, a warrant can be issued for your arrest: 
  • Cursing in public
  • Playing loud music
  • Parking too far from a curb
  • Leaving old appliances in the yard 
  • Rollerblading 
  • Unpaid traffic citations 
  • Unpaid parking tickets
  • Excessive prank Calls
  • Fishing out of season
  • Letting your dog off the leash
  • Letting your car registration become expired
These offenses are legally considered harassment, disorderly conduct, hate crimes, or minor violations. If you ignore tickets or citations or fees,  a warrant for your arrest can be issued. 

An arrest warrant can also be issued if police have  reasonable grounds or cause to believe a crime has been committed. For example, if police believe you committed a crime, they can issue a warrant for your arrest. 

What is harassment, disorderly conduct, or hate crimes?

Civil Harassment is when a person is causing reasonable fear to another, such as threats of physical harm, stalking, or injury. Prank calls may very well be innocent behavior, but when that behavior is repeated daily and extensively, such as making 10-15 calls a day, it can be considered harassment. 

Disorderly Conduct is defined in many states as disturbing the peace by either causing public inconvenience, annoyance, alarm, or risk. Typically, this includes loitering, being drunk in public, making unreasonable noise, obstructing traffic, or using obscene and abusive language. 

Cursing in public, prank calls, rollerblading, playing music or any other activity that creates annoyance or alarm can lead to police involvement and even a warrant for your arrest. 

Hate Crimes are defined by the FBI is crimes with a motive based on bias against someone’s religion, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race or disability.

Who is at risk for arrest warrants?

Although all people are subject to receive any arrest warrant for any of the activities listed above, low income individuals - especially minorities - have arrest warrants issued against them more than any other group. Some experts say this is because minority communities are over-policied. 

According to a Department of Justice report  about Fergueson, Missouri, many of the active arrest warrants in the city target low-income black residents for small fines and traffic-related tickets. 

It is stated that Black Americans in Fergueson are “2.07 times more likely to be searched at a vehicular stop, but are 26% less likely to have contraband” found during the search. They are also 2 times more likely to receive a citation and 2.37 times more likely to be arrested during a stop by the police. 

The same report found that black residents are more likely to receive multiple citations during traffic stops. They are also 68% less likely to get their cases dismissed in court.  In 2013, African Americans accounted for 92% of cases in which an arrest warrant was issued. 

What to do if there is a warrant out for your arrest?

It is essential to follow some basic steps to effectively deal with a warrant for your arrest.

By contacting a lawyer, understanding your rights, and following legal advice, you can limit, dismiss, or reduce your sentence time if and when you're arrested. 

If there is warrant out for your arrest, or you're worried there may be soon, reach out to one of our lawyers. Our rates start at $249, and interest free payment plans are available. 


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