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I gave a confession to a theft to police, even returning some items. How long typically does it take for an arrest warrant to be issued?
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Criminal Lawyer: Nisha Jones, Esq., Lawyer replied 24 days ago
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Criminal Lawyer: Nisha Jones, Esq., Lawyer replied 24 days ago

An arrest warrant can be obtained in as little as 24 hours, but could also take a few days.

It should not take any longer than 3 days for a warrant to be issued if you gave a confession to the police officers.

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Customer reply replied 24 days ago
Would there be an instance when it takes longer? The police sounded like they were sympathetic to what happened ( it was an emotional response to something going on and not 'criminal intent') and were waiting a few days to submit paperwork in hopes that ex-boyfriend would not want them to push charges...they also told me they would let me know when teh warrant comes down so that I could come in, rather than coming to my home or work...
Customer reply replied 24 days ago
also -- any chance of being offered a diversion program instead of prosecution? Unfortunately, I do have a misdemeanor DUI charge that I plead guilty to in another state...
Criminal Lawyer: Nisha Jones, Esq., Lawyer replied 24 days ago

It is possible that it would take longer if the police officers delayed a few days before submitting their request for the warrant.

Also yes, if this is your first ever criminal offense in state, then it is very possible that you may be able to get into a diversion program.

This would have to be negotiated by your defense attorney with the prosecutor.

I hope that helps! Let me know if you still have any questions about this.

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Criminal Lawyer: Nisha Jones, Esq., Lawyer replied 23 days ago

Hi! Just checking in to see if you have any more questions? I hope I was able to address all of your concerns. Please let me know, I'm here to help. Thanks!

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