Type of Warrants


Arrests may be made without a warrant when the offense is committed within the view of a peace officer or the peace officer is relying on a credible source, such as another peace officer, who had probable cause to arrest by viewing the offense. Some of the most common arrests without a warrant include Public Intoxication, Failure to Identify, and Assault.

Types of Warrants

In our court, we deal primarily with 2 types of warrants: Alias and Capias Pro Fine.

Alias Warrant

An alias warrant is the type of warrant that is issued when no plea has been entered on the case or you have failed to appear in court either in person or by mail. This can include the initial appearance on the citation or failure to appear for a scheduled court date. When you receive a citation and sign the citation, you are actually signing a written promise to appear in court. If you then fail to appear, either by mail or in person, that constitutes an additional offense of "Failure to Appear" or "Violate Promise to Appear" under the Penal Code. As a result, new charges may be issued for your non-appearance, and you may then have 2 cases instead of 1: the original charge and the non-appearance charge.

Capias Pro Fine

A capias pro fine is specifically issued after a judgment is rendered and a fine assessed. When you fail to pay the fine as required or agreed, this constitutes default and a capias pro fine may be issued for your arrest. A capias pro fine may also be issued for failure to complete community service hours ordered in lieu of payment of the fine and costs. When arrested on a capias pro fine, the fine must be paid in full or, if requested, the defendant may serve time in jail to satisfy the outstanding balance.