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Domestic Violence Warrants

When police respond to a call relating to domestic violence in the Cincinnati area, evidence of a crime having been committed creates probable cause that can lead to the arrest of the alleged offender. While probable cause allows officers to place alleged offenders under arrest at the scene of the offense, there can be occasions in which authorities arrive after an alleged offender has already left the scene.

After a warrant has been issued for a person’s arrest, the record of that warrant becomes visible to authorities all over the state of Ohio—and possibly by police in neighboring states if an alleged offender encounters police in Kentucky. If an individual knows that a family or household member filed a police report relating to an incident of domestic violence, it is in that person’s best interest to immediately attempt to resolve the situation rather than trying to run from it and likely making problems even worse.

Lawyer for Domestic Violence Warrants in Cincinnati, OH

Do you know or think that a warrant has been issued for you arrest because of an alleged crime of domestic violence in Hamilton County? You will want to contact Joslyn Law Firm as soon as possible for help achieving the most favorable outcome to your situation.

Brian Joslyn is a skilled criminal defense attorney in Cincinnati who defends clients throughout southwest Ohio, including Forest Park, Miami, Montgomery, Reading, Springfield, Symmes, Blue Ash, Colerain, and several other nearby communities. Call (513) 399-6289 today to schedule a free consultation that will let our lawyers review your case and answer all of your legal questions.


Overview of Domestic Violence Warrants in Ohio


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When Domestic Violence Warrants are Filed in Hamilton County

City of Cincinnati Police Department Procedure 12.412 outlines the steps that every officer is expected to take when handling a case of domestic violence. The Police Department Procedure Manual cautions officers to, “Give consideration to the possibility the offender may return to the scene while the officer is present or immediately thereafter.”

When facts and circumstances would cause a reasonable person to believe an offense has been committed by the alleged offender, a police officer has probable cause to arrest the alleged offender. The Procedure Manual states:

If a victim completes the Form 311VS, Victim’s Statement, and alleges facts and circumstances meeting the elements of Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Section 2919.25, Domestic Violence, probable cause exists to arrest or issue warrants for the suspect.

Completion of a Form 311VS alone is not sufficient to sign a warrant. The officer must review the victim’s statement and determine if it alleges facts and circumstances meeting the elements of Domestic Violence. The victim can complete and sign the Form 311VS, or the investigating officer can write the form and have the victim review it for accuracy and sign.

Department policy regarding domestic violence is the immediate arrest of the offender when probable cause exists. The formal arrest/court process is the most appropriate method of resolution.

Authorities will generally conduct a thorough investigation of the scene of the alleged offense. When an alleged offender has left the scene, officers are advised to “make every attempt to obtain positive identification and immediately broadcast a description, possible destination, means and direction of travel.”

When probable cause exists and an alleged offender is no longer at the alleged crime scene, officers will promptly sign or file a warrant for the alleged offender’s arrest.


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What You Should Do When You Have a Domestic Violence Warrant in Cincinnati

When a person has an outstanding arrest warrant on a domestic violence charge, there is little point to attempting to hide from authorities. Police departments across Ohio share information and warrants do not go away until they have been resolved in court, so an alleged offender in Cincinnati can still be taken into custody if he or she encounters authorities in Butler County, Clermont County, or possibly even Northern Kentucky.

It can be far less stressful for alleged offenders to simply turn themselves in to answer the criminal charges and minimize the amount of time that has to be spent in a jail cell. An experienced Cincinnati criminal defense attorney will know the time and location that will allow for the quickest and most favorable resolution to an open warrant case.

A lawyer can arrange a meeting so the police officer, prosecutor, and judge can be present and hold a bond hearing. By turning themselves in, alleged offenders are usually granted relatively quick releases and do not have to spend more than a few hours in jail for basic processing.

Answering criminal charges can be extremely daunting, but it is far preferable to spending a life on the run and simply hoping to never again have any kind of run-in with police. Again, warrants never expire and alleged offenders who are arrested because of open warrants have a much more difficult journey in the courtroom than those who turn themselves in.


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Ohio Resources for Domestic Violence Warrants

Hamilton County | Common Pleas & Municipal Courts — One way to find out if you an active warrant in Hamilton County is to search court records on this website. You can enter your name to search common pleas civil, appellate and domestic relations cases. You can also perform a comprehensive search that displays results from all courts of jurisdiction.

Hamilton County Clerk of Courts
Hamilton County Courthouse
1000 Main St
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 946-5656

12.412 Domestic Violence | City of Cincinnati — View the full text of City of Cincinnati Police Department Procedure 12.412. Learn about key definitions as well as the purpose, policy, and information about domestic violence incidents. The procedure covers the initial response, on scene investigation, and case reporting and preparation.


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Joslyn Law Firm | Cincinnati Domestic Violence Warrants Lawyer

If you believe or know that a warrant has been issued for your arrest following an alleged incident of domestic violence, it is in your best interest to deal with the situation as soon as possible rather than attempting to run from it. Joslyn Law Firm can help you achieve the most favorable outcome with the fewest possible penalties.

Cincinnati criminal defense attorney Brian Joslyn defends clients in Delhi, Green, Harrison, Miamitown, Norwood, Springdale, Sycamore, Anderson, Bridgetown, and many surrounding areas in southwest Ohio. Our lawyers can provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case as soon as you call (513) 399-6289 or fill out an online contact form to take advantage of a free, confidential consultation.


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