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When someone has a warrant out for their arrest....?

Why don't the cops just go to their house and arrest them as soon as the warrant is issued? I always hear about people being pulled over for something or other...and then the cops arrest them because they have other outstanding warrants...some of them months, even years old. Just curious...


    




Liberty or Death
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Sometimes they do, but most agencies don't have time to hunt down every single wanted person (especially since most warrants are for very minor offenses). Also, the address on the warrant is commonly not current or the person lives in a completely different jurisdiction than where the warrant was issued. In these cases, all the police can do is keep the warrant on file and wait until the person encounters the police at some point and they can then be served. This is very common in tourist areas or college towns where many people come and go or just stay in the jurisdiction for a temporary period of time. When I worked in Florida, the tourists and spring break crowd would come down, get a ticket or notice to appear, go back home at the end of the week and then a failure to appear warrant is issued. I also arrested a fellow who had gotten a warrant for passing a worthless check, but had moved to another state without ever knowing about the warrant. He moved back almost 20 years later and I stopped him for speeding. The warrant was still active and I had to arrest the guy.


stryker
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Several reasons. People give bad addresses, people move, people may be at the house and refuse to answer the door because they know they have a warrant. many more. Also because there are TONS of warrants from traffic fines to agg assaults going out every single day and not nearly enough cops, OR ROOM IN JAIL to go out and serve them. Those are a few reasons.


Nellxd9
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Once a warrant is issued the cops go to the last known address but if they don't have reasonable doubt that the individual is in the residence, they can't enter with out a search warrant as well. That and some warrants are bench warrants, meaning they will only be arrested if pulled over, arrested for something else, or if they are questioned in the same town, city or village as the bench warrant was issued. Hope that helps.





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