What Happens After An Arrest Warrant Is Issued?
Police typically don’t go searching for a casino marker defendant once an arrest warrant has been issued unless the defendant is a flight risk or has a long criminal history.
Typically, the District Attorney will mail the defendant a summons with notice of the warrant and instructions to appear in court. However, the defendant is vulnerable to arrest while the warrant is outstanding. For example, an arrest may occur during a traffic stop after police run a warrant check.
The defendant should arrive at court on the summons date with an attorney to increase the likelihood of waiving bail through an own recognizance release. Defendants who come to court without an attorney are more likely to get booked. The bail amount will likely be the total sum of the alleged casino marker debt.
Failure to appear in court may increase the likelihood of police seeking out the defendant and making an arrest. In addition, the defendant would be less likely to receive an own recognizance release.