Most with an outstanding arrest warrant in Arizona will have reasonable suspicion that such a warrant exists. That person will often know that he or she failed to comply or missed an important court date. In rare circumstances, a warrant can be issued for the arrest of a suspect in a crime without formal contact – if officers are unaware of the location of that individual, a warrant may be issued. There are multiple avenues to check for arrest warrants, and multiple ways to proceed with them. Depending on which court one was supposed to appear in: 

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Tucson City Courthouse 103 E Alameda St, Tucson, AZ 85701

Tucson City Court Warrants

You can check for municipal court warrants via the Tucson City Court’s website. If you do have an outstanding warrant, you will need to attend warrant court. Warrant court is held Monday through Thursday from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM. To assure you are seen when you attend, it is best to arrive early. Wait times are typically lengthy, so arriving prior to the start of warrant court may be the best option. Overcrowding may lead to attendees being turned away, and the city court reserves the right to postpone, cancel, or end warrant court early due to the schedule of the presiding judge.

Pima County Justice Court Warrants

The Pima County Justice Court website contains a search feature that will allow you to run a warrant check on yourself or on behalf of someone else. The feature it simple to use, allowing users to search by first and last name, case number, or complaint number.

Pima County Justice Court holds warrant resolution night court periodically. At the end of the day on the days they list on the homepage of their website, a judge will be made available for warrant resolutions. You can utilize the court house’s resources and services to schedule a new court date, create a payment plan to mitigate late or skipped payments to the court, reinstate your suspended driver’s license, or quash your warrant.

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An example of warrant resolution court announcement from the Pima County Website. Go to https://www.jp.pima.gov/ for the latest dates.

For minor offenses and bench warrants, some people are able to quash (set aside or overturn) their warrants with minimal intervention. The involvement of an attorney certainly will not hurt. If it is your intention to quash a misdemeanor warrant, it’s best to speak with an attorney first. Unsuccessful attempts to quash a warrant may complicate your case.

Superior Court Warrant

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240 N Stone.
Both Pima County Justice Court and Superior Courts meet here since 2015.

Superior court warrants can be searched for via the Arizona Supreme Court document search website. The overwhelming majority of superior court warrants will relate to felony crimes. If you attempt to quash a felony warrant on your own in person, you will immediately be arrested. If you are facing a felony warrant, you must first contact an attorney.

A competent and experienced attorney will be able to speak to the superior court on your behalf in an attempt to have the warrant overturned. Not all felony warrants can or will be overturned. In the event that your felony warrant cannot be quashed, your attorney will instead advise you of your next best steps for fighting your felony charges. Compliance with the law is crucial for the best possible outcome – attempting to outrun a warrant will prove to be a fruitless endeavor that will only make your defense more difficult.

Side note: These searches will work for failure to appear or cases in probation. Paroled cases will not show up.

You Need an Experienced Attorney

If you find that there is an active warrant for your arrest, the best move to make is to contact an attorney. As a former prosecutor, Elias Damianakos is an expert at navigating Arizona’s courts. An aggressive and experienced attorney is necessary to quash a felony warrant. Contact the Damianakos Law Firm at (520) 222-8270 to schedule a free consultation. We will discuss the details of your case and help to prepare the strongest possible defense.