Do you have any outstanding warrant?
Many people have warrants issued for their arrest because they failed to attend court for one reason or another. At this time the Judge will issue what is often called a “bench warrant.” This authorizes the police to arrest you and bring you before a Judge.
Why would you voluntarily surrender?
Until the arrest warrant is dealt with the police can arrest you at any time, whether it be at home, work, or at your child’s little league game. Even a simple traffic stop can lead to you being arrested and taken to jail. If you are arrested on a weekday morning, you’ll likely be brought before a Judge that day. However, if you are arrested in the evening, you’ll have to wait until the next day; and if on the weekend, until the following Monday. Should you voluntarily surrender, often times you will be released on more favourable conditions than if the police caught up with you and arrested you.
Voluntary Surrender Day in Halifax is Saturday, October 28 from 8:30 A.M. until 4:30 P.M. Visit their website for full details.
You should discuss your case with an experienced criminal law lawyer.