How to Check If I Have Warrants in Birmingham, Alabama

By Salvatore Jackson - Updated June 05, 2017
Police officer arresting a man

Under Alabama law, an arrest warrant is an order issued by a magistrate requiring the detention and arrest of an individual. Arrest warrants in Birmingham, Alabama are issued by the Municipal Court whenever there is probable cause that a person has committed a crime, when a person fails to appear in court or fails to comply with a court order. The Birmingham Municipal Court does not maintain a publicly accessible database of outstanding warrants on the internet, nor do they permit people to call the clerk of court to perform a warrant check.

Visit the Birmingham Municipal Justice Center

Travel to the Birmingham Municipal Justice Center during normal working hours. The Birmingham Municipal Justice Center is located at 801 17th Street North in Birmingham. The center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The Birmingham Municipal Justice Center allows individuals to perform a warrant check by either presenting identification, asking a clerk or performing a search on the public access terminal. However, if you present identification and a clerk finds that you have an outstanding warrant, you will be arrested and sent to the Corrections Division of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Search the Public Access Terminal

Ask to use the public access terminal. Input your full name and birthday. Like most states, Alabama’s warrant database is organized by name and date of birth. Follow the on-screen directions to perform an outstanding warrant search. If you are worried about arrest, you may want to ask a friend or hire an attorney to perform the warrant check on the public access terminal at the Birmingham Municipal Justice Center.

Avoiding Arrest

Avoid contacting a member of the Birmingham Police Department directly. If you wonder whether you have an outstanding Alabama warrant, a member of the Birmingham Police Department has access to a statewide database of outstanding arrest warrants. However, if there is an outstanding arrest warrant in your name, you will be arrested and sent to the Corrections Division of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. While you would have the opportunity to bond out of the Corrections Division, the costs of bonding out of jail are more expensive than handling the underlying offense before arrest.

About the Author

Salvatore Jackson began writing professionally in 2010. He has experience with international travel, computers, sports and law. Jackson is a licensed attorney with experience in legal research. He received his Juris Doctor from Tulane University in 2010.

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