Re: How Long Does It Take for an Arrest Warrant to Be Issued
You might never know that you have an arrest warrant until they come and get you ... IF they come and get you.
Many lesser offenses are not going to result in an arrest warrant where the police will come hunt you down. For the most part, you will be arrested when they contact you for some other purpose.
The length of time it takes to get a warrant can vary a great deal depending on the jurisdiction, the severity of the offense and the priority given to the matter by the DA, etc. An arrest warrant might take as little as one or two business days (very rare) or as long as a few months. I have found out here that a typical arrest warrant in my small-ish county can be issued within a week of the DA's request. When I worked in San Diego County, the process was closer to three or four weeks after the request - depending on the priority and severity of the offense.
You can always call and ask if a warrant has been issued ... they might not tell you,but you can ask.
And I have found through interactions with NYPD and other NY officers, that warrants are not always issued when there is some hope of contacting the suspect. I could explain the reasons I was told, but suffice it to say that a warrant may be a long time coming.
A Nor Cal Police Sergeant
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