One way of finding outstanding warrants in Colorado is to call the warrants unit of the county sheriff's office. Another is to use the jurisdiction online system or third party sites that offer such services. Lawyers advise that people avoid going into court if an active warrant has been issued for them, as they will likely be arrested on sight.
Arrest warrants remain in effect until either the individual has been arrested or appears in court. However, judges may cancel issued warrants for different reasons. Some of the more common reasons for issuing warrants in Colorado include:
- For arresting a person suspected of committing a crime
- Failing to respond to summons for jury duty
- Failing to pay court-ordered fine
- Failing to appear in scheduled court hearing
- Disobeying court orders for probation
- Failing to respond to subpoena
- Failing to pay child support
- Failing to pay traffic citation
The best approach to an outstanding warrant is to speak with a legal professional, who can provide advise on the details of the warrant and the best course of actions to take. People with outstanding warrants can also opt to turn themselves in at the nearest police station. An important point to note is that arrest warrants are not automatic convictions. Most minor arrests can be resolved quickly if the affected person pays a fine.