How to Check for Warrants in Michigan

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If you believe that you or someone you know has a warrant out for their arrest, it's important to verify this information. If you're aware that you broke the law, knowing that you have a warrant out will allow you to turn yourself in to a Michigan police office or seek legal advice. If you feel that this warrant has been taken out unjustly, this can give you a heads up to begin clearing your name instead of being caught off guard with an arrest. No matter the reason, you should work swiftly to search and verify.

Avoid situations where police will take your information. This means driving the speed limit, and not asking an officer whether you have a warrant out. This doesn't mean to flee the area or go into hiding, but until you have all of the facts, it'd be wise not to voluntarily have your information looked up by officers of the law. Use discretion, because otherwise you'll get arrested without having a chance to understand the facts.

Search court records. This can be done either online or in person. To search online, visit courts.michigan.gov and conduct a search using your name. This will pull up the latest information on your criminal and civil record, or any warrants you may have filed. To search in person, visit the courthouse where you believe the warrant would be filed, and ask a clerk if you can search the active warrants. This information is public record based on the Freedom of Information Act, so you're not obligated to give a reason for wanting to search the records.

Seek understanding for why you have a warrant out if you indeed, do. There are a variety of reasons that this could take place; you could legitimately have broken the law, may have outstanding speeding tickets or worse, could be an identity theft victim.

Take action once you've ascertained the reason for having a warrant for your arrest filed. If it's because of outstanding tickets, make sure you pay the necessary fines. If you're the victim of identity theft, seek an attorney to learn how to have your name cleared and have the offending person arrested.

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