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How Long Do Arrest Warrants Last in New York City? Time Limits

How Long Do Arrest Warrants Last in New York City? Time Limits

Arrest warrants in New York City can last for years if they remain active and unserved. However, there are certain time limitations and restrictions around NYC warrants that are important to understand.

Time Limits for Serving NYC Arrest Warrants

In New York, arrest warrants do not expire and can remain valid indefinitely[1]. However, there are some time restrictions:

  • Felony warrants – For felonies, there is no statute of limitations in New York so the warrant can remain open forever[2].
  • Misdemeanor warrants – For misdemeanors, the statute of limitations ranges from 1-5 years depending on the crime[3]. So if a misdemeanor warrant is not served within the limitation period from the date of the alleged crime, the warrant becomes invalid and unenforceable.

While there are no expiration dates for warrants, police and prosecutors do periodically review outstanding warrants and may withdraw (quash) warrants that are very old or where the case backlog is too large[4].

Getting an Old NYC Warrant Vacated

Just because arrest warrants won’t expire on their own doesn’t mean you have to live forever with an outstanding warrant hanging over your head. There are a few options for getting old warrants vacated:

  • Turn yourself in – The simplest and fastest way to resolve an old warrant is to turn yourself into the police. You’ll be arrested and go through the normal booking process. The district attorney will then decide whether to move forward with prosecution or dismiss the charges.
  • Hire an attorney – An experienced NYC criminal defense lawyer can file a motion to vacate the warrant, arguing that too much time has passed or that prosecution wouldn’t serve justice[5]. If the motion is granted, the warrant will be canceled without you having to go to jail.
  • Request an online warrant check – You can do an unofficial online search using websites like eCourts to see if any active warrants come up under your name in New York City. This allows you to see if you have potential warrants so you can take steps to address them.

What Happens After an NYC Warrant Arrest?

If you do end up turning yourself in on an outstanding warrant or get picked up on a warrant during a random traffic stop or police interaction, here is a quick overview of what to expect:

  • You’ll be handcuffed and transported to the nearest precinct for booking.
  • During booking, you’ll be fingerprinted, photographed, and asked to provide basic personal information.
  • You’ll then be directly taken to court if it’s during business hours or be temporarily held in jail until your court appearance.
  • At your first court hearing, the judge will formally notify you of the charges against you and you’ll have a chance to enter a “not guilty” plea.
  • The judge will decide whether to release you on your own recognizance or set bail. If bail is set, you or a bondsman will have to pay the bail amount before you can be released.
  • Once released, your case will proceed through the normal criminal justice process, including further motion hearings, plea negotiations with the DA, and potential trial.

The warrant arrest process can be extremely disruptive and scary. Having an experienced criminal defense lawyer by your side can help ensure your rights are protected at every stage. Don’t hesitate to contact a lawyer for assistance.

Common Questions About NYC Arrest Warrants

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about warrants in NYC:

Can I get arrested on an old warrant?

Yes, outstanding warrants remain valid and enforceable forever in New York City, no matter how old they are. If your name and warrant come up during any police background check, you can be arrested at any time.

Do I have a warrant in NYC?

If you have missed a court date or violated parole/probation terms in the past, there’s a chance you could have an active NYC warrant without realizing it. You can check for warrants by calling your defense lawyer, checking public online court records, or requesting an official warrant search from the police department.

What if I have an out-of-state warrant?

Warrants issued in other states are still enforceable if you travel to or live in New York. When police run your information, warrants from other jurisdictions will show up and NYPD will arrest and extradite you. Out-of-state warrants have the same time limits based on whether it’s a felony or misdemeanor.

Can I travel internationally with a warrant?

No, having an outstanding warrant is considered a lawful reason to deny someone international travel. Airport customs agents routinely screen for warrants during passport control checks when leaving or entering the country. And since warrants have no expiration, they could bar you from international trips indefinitely unless vacated.

What happens if I’m arrested while on probation?

If you’re arrested for a new offense while on probation, the arrest itself is considered a violation of your probation terms. That means your probation will likely be revoked and you face serving the remainder of your initial jail sentence on top of any new charges.

Finding a Lawyer to Help With NYC Warrants

Trying to navigate old warrants and potential warrant arrests in New York City can be extremely complex and intimidating. Having an experienced criminal lawyer on your side is critical.

Defense attorneys have experience vacating old warrants, preventing warrant arrests, defending warrant violation charges, and protecting client rights through every step of the process. They serve as knowledgeable guides and fierce advocates from the moment you first learn about your warrant through final case resolution.

When choosing the right lawyer, look for someone with extensive experience handling warrants and probation/parole violations in NYC courts. Understanding the judges, prosecutors, and processes in New York is invaluable.

You can check online legal directories like Avvo or LawInfo to read reviews and profiles for top local criminal lawyers. Most offer free consultations as well so you can discuss your situation before deciding who to hire.

Don’t let an old New York City warrant continue looming over your head. Learn about your options, rights, and next best steps from a qualified attorney so you can finally put this behind you.


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