Does a Misdemeanor Warrant Expire?

An arrest warrant is something that needs to be taken seriously. Some people tend to ignore the order from the court, thinking that it will eventually go away. But a warrant is something that you need to take action as soon as you’ve heard of it to avoid having penalties.

Does A Warrant Expire?

Although it may vary from state-to-state, a misdemeanor warrant is only valid for six months. In some states, a misdemeanor warrant can be valid for up to a year.

A man being arrested by the police.

However, even if a misdemeanor warrant can expire, it can be re-issued with a simple request. Once reissued, the warrant will be valid again for the next six months. So, waiting for a misdemeanor warrant to expire isn’t really going to work out.

Felony warrants, on the other hand, do not expire. Even if it is from five years, ten years, or twenty years ago, it can, and it will haunt you until you do something about it. (Related: Can A Child Support Fraud Send You to Prison?)

What If You Are Not Aware That There Is A Warrant Issued Against You?

Yes, it happens. Sometimes, you only know you have a warrant once you come across a police officer. (Related: How to Find Out If The Police Are Investigating You)

For example, an officer pulled you over for a speeding ticket. There’s a chance that they will run through your license to see if you have an outstanding warrant. From there, they can arrest you if the warrant is still valid. (Related: How Does a DUI/DWI Charge Affect Your DACA Renewal)

What Can You Do About It?

There are two available options for you. First, you can live your life anxiously, sleep with one eye open, and wait until a police officer arrests you. Or, you can seek help from a lawyer to know what steps you need to take. Doing the former is never a good idea. Ignoring the charges against you will only make things worse and will only make you a fugitive.

About Franchette Jardin

Agatha has done some extensive research in the past about prison and life inside one. Now she writes prison-related articles to help inmates cope and begin a better life after.