Outstanding Massachusetts Arrest Warrant?
If you failed to appear in a Massachusetts court for a predetermined court date, there is most likely a warrant out for your arrest. Whether you were released on personal recognizance or you posted bail to get out, your failure to appear triggers charges of contempt of court.
Having a warrant hanging over your head will take its toll — emotionally, financially and legally. You can run from the law, but it will eventually catch up with you. Whether you are pulled over for a simple moving violation, your license plate is picked up by a police cruiser's scanner, or your name shows up on a database during a routine check as you come back from a trip or try to register a firearm, you'll be handcuffed, arrested and taken to jail.
In Massachusetts, probation surrender warrants may also be issued if your probation officer believes you have violated the terms of your probation. Have you failed to check in with your PO or failed mandatory drug or alcohol screens? No matter what the warrant is for, you are better off living a warrant-FREE life and not having to live in constant fear.
Even worse, until you clear up your arrest warrant, you could face suspension of your driver's license, public assistance benefits and financial aid; your tax refund could be held; and your warrant will be reported to out-of-state police who could also arrest you and have you sent back to Massachusetts.
Finally, you should know that law enforcement agencies are using social media websites — like Twitter and others — to gather evidence, locate people and get information about their family members and friends. Have you checked your privacy settings lately?
No matter how bad you think it will be to "turn yourself in," the consequences will be significantly worse if you wait for the police to apprehend you.