A staggering number of people are wanted on arrest warrants in Broward and Palm Beach counties, according to a recent article in the Sun-Sentinel.
Consulting a criminal defense lawyer in Palm Beach or Broward is the best course of action if you are dealing with an outstanding warrant. Living with an active warrant can have needless consequences, including the inability to get a job, rent an apartment or qualify for many types of government aid.
Meanwhile, with 219,000 active arrest warrants in Broward County and 58,000 in Palm Beach County, authorities are in no position to proactively make arrests or otherwise deal with the backlog. Consulting a lawyer and settling a warrant can be a relatively simple matter in many cases. While waiting until you are pulled over for a traffic violation or otherwise located will likely result in a trip to jail and more severe consequences.
Statewide, there are more than 100,000 outstanding warrants for felony offenses, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The backlog includes 6,400 wanted for assault, 2,300 wanted for sex crimes and 785 wanted on homicide charges.
Most of the warrants in South Florida are for misdemeanor offenses, including failure to appear in court and probation violations.
Nationwide, more than 1.9 million warrants are outstanding, up from 1.4 million five years ago, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Broward County has just six officers assigned to serve warrants, while the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has nine. Last year, Broward received 41,000 warrants, or nearly 7,000 per detective.
In Miami-Dade, there are more than 170,000 outstanding warrants, some a half-century old. Palm Beach dismisses misdemeanor and criminal traffic cases and their associated warrants after five years. Misdemeanor DUIs after eight years.
If you are facing criminal charges in Broward or Palm Beach counties, contact the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert, a Partnership of Former Prosecutors, for a free consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1.888.5.DEFEND.