If you have an outstanding warrant in Florida it is usually a good idea to deal with it sooner rather than later. It is not only a psychological relief, but it is also much more convenient and less embarrassing to resolve an outstanding warrant voluntarily than to be caught off guard and taken to jail without any forewarning or preparation.
As a threshold matter, you may suspect there is a warrant for your arrest but you may not be absolutely certain. If that is your situation, you have several options to use in trying to determine your warrant status. First, you can visit The Florida Crime Information Database website. The database contains Florida warrant information as reported to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) by law enforcement agencies throughout the state and authorized for release to the public.
Beware, however, the database does not reflect every warrant pending in the state. Therefore, if your name does not appear on the database that does not definitely mean there is no pending warrant for your arrest in Florida. Further, even if your name does appear in the database, you should verify the warrant with your local law enforcement agency, as the warrant may no longer be active. Also, although unlikely, there is a possibility that a warrant contains your name or other identifying information due to the use of false information by the true subject of the warrant. Continue reading