A Ramey Warrant is an arrest warrant signed and issued by a judge directing
a law enforcement officer to arrest a specific suspect. It is usually
three or four pages in length and includes the name of the suspect, his
or her address, and a physical description of the suspect. Included in
the warrant is a statement of probable cause (prepared by the law enforcement
officer & under penalty of perjury) and a description of the crime
or crimes allegedly committed by the suspect. The statement of probable
cause also lists the name(s) of the victim(s). There is a bail amount
specified in the warrant. A Ramey Warrant is issued prior to the filing
of criminal charges.
Typically, a Ramey Warrant is obtained by law enforcement in order to detain
and interview a suspect in the hopes of obtaining incriminating statements
or evidence from the suspect. When the suspect is arrested on the Ramey
Warrant, he or she is held for 48 hours to complete the interview and
turn over the file (evidence and statements) to the prosecutor's office
wherein formal charges can be filed against the suspect. A Ramey Warrant
usually remains valid for 90 days after its issuance.
Ramey Warrants bypass the District Attorney's office. Sometimes law
enforcement will use a Ramey Warrant to obtain an arrest rather than wait
for the District Attorney to file criminal charges. The flip side of this
is that after a suspect is arrested and booked on a Ramey Warrant, the
District Attorney's office has 48 hours (not counting weekends &
holidays) to file formal criminal charges against the suspect; otherwise
the suspect must be released from custody.
If you believe that you or someone you know has an outstanding arrest warrant,
criminal defense attorneys at Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners for a free consultation and learn what legal options are available to you.