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Catnip 0_o 01-11-2013 09:37 AM

Issued ticket/warrent, did it expire? Pistol permit
Alright so about a year and a half ago I got a ticket for being in a park after hours with a buddy of mine. (We weren't doing anything stupid we were mealy given the ticket for being there). The ticket displayed no fine and instead required that I went to court. My court date however landed on my first day of college so I went to the city and had the date changed, they told me I would get my new date in the mail 2-3 weeks from then. So 2-3 weeks go by and I got nothing. I contact the city and they said they had nothing on me? I assumed all was good.

Well about 6 months later I had to deal with a cop cause my CPS went out on my jeep leaving me stranded in the middle of the road. The cop took my info and told me I had a warrant in the city that I got a ticket In months ago...
So I didn't know what to do because to my knowledge I was In the clear cause the city never contacted me and when I contacted them they said they had nothing on me..

So about 2-3 months go by, I get pulled over for no brake light -_- the cop takes my license and goes back to his patrol car, comes back to me, hands me my license and sends me on my way, with no mention of a warrant???

So, I am curious if the warrant may have expired since its been over a year? If that can even happen?

I already took my CPL class and did the background check, the results should be in the mail In a few months. I'm just wondering if this issue is going to effect me at all and getting my CPL? The main reason I went for the CPL was because I'm going to school to be a cop...

So is it possible the warrant went away? And will this effect me getting a gun?

Thank you and any information/input is greatly appreciated.

lee indy 01-11-2013 09:42 AM

your asking the wrong people

JeepCreeper 01-11-2013 09:47 AM

If the cop said you had a warrant, why weren't you arrested then?

Catnip 0_o 01-11-2013 09:52 AM


Originally Posted by JeepCreeper
If the cop said you had a warrant, why weren't you arrested then?

He told me to take care of it

ESP 01-11-2013 10:00 AM

Call your local police dept. and ask them to send you in writing that nothing is warranted against you. They may or may not do this but if they do, I would just keep that paper in your glove box showing it's all good.

Wordgie 01-11-2013 12:44 PM


Usually a warrant means go to jail, not take care of it later. However, it could be a non-extraditable offense so if you were outside the area it was issued, he couldn't arrest you on it.

Call the clerk of court for the jurisdiction the original offense was in and see what's happening. It could be possible for it to expire after a year.

As for the second stop, the LEO may have just run a DL check and not a wanted check. Or maybe it did expire.

snowvegas 01-11-2013 12:49 PM

Officers still have discretion, a little bit left anyway. so no, not every warrant is go to jail.

Wordgie 01-11-2013 12:57 PM

Discretion goes out the window when it comes to warrants. That's a judge's order to take someone into custody and was not issued just to be ignored.

khende 01-11-2013 01:52 PM

You are playing with fire. You now have a failure to appear as well as the original ticket. The fact that the cops did not take you to jail is a testimony to how the recent cut backs in spending at the local level have degraded our law enforcement. Go the the courthouse and take care of this. If I was the judge in the case you would have two days in custody because you ignored the police officers order to take care of it.

recovering attorney who has sat as a Judge Pro Tem

ed98208 01-11-2013 03:36 PM

I don't think warrants expire. The second cop may have just missed something or didn't want to bother with it. Just FYI - I used to have a friend whose ignored ticket turned into a warrant, then his ignored warrant turned into a suspended driver's license, then he was caught driving and it turned into a jail sentence and a revoked license. You really need to get this taken care of NOW before it snowballs into something even bigger and more life-damaging. It'll look a lot better if you go to them then if they have to find you.

Carlsbad0331 01-11-2013 03:57 PM

In most jurisdictions you can go to the courts website and run a warrant check.
As someone else has said, warrants dont expire. Sounds to me like you are making some poor decisions if you expect to be a LEO.

Salty1 01-11-2013 05:46 PM

I would not call the police department, I would call the court that has jurisdiction. If informed that there is a warrant make arrangements to go to the court house and take care of it, that should not result in an arrest. Show that you just forgot about it and are being pro-active in resolving the issue......

Wordgie 01-11-2013 05:55 PM

Little things can turn into big things real quick. Years ago I transported a kid who got a citation for surfing without a leash (run away surf boards can make a person have a bad day real quick). He didn't pay attention to it and it turned into a warrant when he missed his court date. During the search at the jail they found a roach in his shoe so it turned into a felony for introduction of contraband into a correctional facility.

Depending on jurisdiction, you may or may not get it resolved through the clerk. They may tell you to turn yourself in. If it is a warrant and it is active.

A Jeep Girl 01-11-2013 05:57 PM


Originally Posted by Carlsbad0331 (Post 3215428)
In most jurisdictions you can go to the courts website and run a warrant check.
As someone else has said, warrants dont expire. Sounds to me like you are making some poor decisions if you expect to be a LEO.

I agree. Probably the best thing to do is actually go to the court where the original offense would have been heard and get ask them to give you a certified copy of the disposition.

If you were convicted in your absence they will let you know you owe money and if it was dismissed that will show on the disposition. If you owed money and end up making payment you might want to check and be sure your license wasn't affected also.

And, I know you don't want to hear it but being places you're not supposed to be even if you aren't doing anything wrong is not someone who should be in LE. If anything as LE you're an example to others and following the rules is imperative.

bbtj 01-12-2013 08:57 AM

Warrants do not go away. Why you did not get arrested when contacted by the police could be due to any number of reasons. The first time, it could be the cop was lazy. It could also be that they contacted the dept that issued the warrant and for whatever reason, they decided not to enforce the warrant, at that time. Also, if you were in a different state than the city that issued the warrant.

As for the second time, see above. Also, he may not have checked you through the computer or could be the computers were down. I know about these things, having dealt with them for over 30 years.

Call the court that has jurisdiction and ask them. Also, if you do have a warrant, ask if you can get a new court date. If they won't give you a court date, then find out how much the bond is, get the cash together, and turn yourself in. The next time you get stopped, you might not be so lucky, especially if you are driving at the time. Depending on the jurisdiction, if you are driving and arrested, they could also impound your car, which then, not only would you have to post bond, you would also have a tow bill to pay.

As far as it effecting getting a gun, depends on your state laws, but I've never heard of a misdemeanor conviction disqualifying anyone from getting a gun, except in domestic violence cases.

TJNewbie 01-12-2013 09:11 AM

Go to the CLerk of Court where the ticket/warrant was written for. get it fixed there.

TheHexIsReal 01-12-2013 12:17 PM

Like others said, confirm your warrant and get it takin care of... Usually going to your local court website is faster, you can search your name and know what your up against without waiting forever on hold with the clerk. Once you know what's up you can turn yourself in and get a new court date, after explaining to the magistrate you most likely wouldn't get a bond

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