In general, there are two types of warrants:
- Bench Warrants are issued when a defendant does not appear for a scheduled court hearing. Because of this “Failure to Appear”, the judicial officer authorizes law enforcement to make an arrest of the individual listed on the warrant. This also includes a bench warrant issued for a probation violation.
- Arrest Warrants are issued to law enforcement when they have reasonable belief to suspect that a person has committed a crime.
If you have access to a computer, you can complete your own research on the website listed below or call one of the number’s listed below:
- Public Access to Court Information
- Criminal Court Administration Information Desk - 602-506-8575
- Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) - 602-223-2233
An arrest warrant stays in effect indefinitely until the individual is arrested. The warrant can only be resolved, “quashed or cancelled”, by the issuing court.
You would contact the state and court that issued the warrant. If you are picked up in Arizona on a warrant for another state you could be extradited to that state.
It is always recommended that you seek legal representation as soon as you find out that you have a warrant. Your attorney will be able to confirm the facts of the warrant and may be able to file a motion to quash or resolve the warrant. If you do not have an attorney you can contact the court that issued the warrant for additional information.
It is always recommended that you seek legal representation as soon as you find out that you have a warrant. Your attorney will be able to confirm the facts of the warrant and may be able to file a motion to quash or resolve the warrant. If you would like to take care of the warrant on your own without an attorney, follow the steps below. Your hearing can only be set with the court that issued the warrant.
If your warrant was issued due to a Maricopa County Probation violation contact 602-372-0427 for additional information.
If your warrant was issued by a Superior Court Judge in Maricopa County you can contact 602-506-8575 for the phone number of the judicial officer’s division that issued the warrant.
No, it does not clear the warrant. Appearing before the judge that issued the warrant would clear the warrant. Just paying the bond amount does not clear the warrant.
If the warrant was for a Superior Court case in Maricopa County, following the instructions below to pay the bond. Then you would need to call 602-506-8575 within ten (10) days, so that they could direct you to the correct court to schedule a new hearing date. If you fail to do so, you could forfeit the bond paid and a new warrant could be issued for your arrest.
- You can pay the bond amount at the 4th Avenue Jail at 201 South 4th Avenue in Downtown Phoenix. The Bonds and Fines entrance is located on the Lower Level. If you have any question you can call 602-876-1000. They accept U.S. currency, Western Union money orders, U.S. Postal money orders, and cashier’s checks. Cashier’s checks or money orders must be made payable to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and reference the inmate’s name and booking number.
- If you would like to pay your Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County bond, you can do so at one of the locations listed on the Clerk of the Court web site.
- If the bond is for one of the Municipal Courts in Maricopa County, find a location.
- If the bond is for one of the Justice Courts, find a location.
- You can also contact a bail bonds company to explore other options. You can search the internet for “Bail Bond” listings. Court staff cannot not recommend a bonding company.
- It is important to note that once you paid the bond, and if you fail to appear at your next hearing your bond could be forfeited and a new warrant could be issued.
This would depend on the court that issued the warrant.
- If your warrant was issued due to a Maricopa County Probation violation, you can call 602-372-0427 for additional information.
- If your warrant was issued by a Superior Court Judge in Maricopa County, you can call 602-506-8575 for the phone number of the Division that issued the warrant.
- If you have been ordered by the court to report to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) to serve your sentence, you will report to the jail with the proper paperwork.
- If you have been ordered by the court to a Work Release sentence, you can get more information from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
NOTE: If you need further assistance with criminal court cases in the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County, please contact Criminal Court Administration 602-506-8575.
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