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What is a motion to surrender?

Tampa criminal defense attorneys are often asked about motions to surrender in cases where an individual has an outstanding warrant. A motion to surrender involves a Tampa criminal defense attorney filing the motion and immediately setting it for a hearing before the judge presiding over your case. Generally, the accused will appear and essentially turn himself/herself into the court and immediately request a bond. As you can imagine, this is far more efficient and quicker than simply turning yourself into the jail and potentially being held overnight before going to first appearance to get a bond. Anyone that’s familiar with the Tampa criminal justice system knows that generally those with outstanding warrants do not get favorable bond conditions at first appearance court because the presiding judge would prefer you to go to the judge, that issued the warrant, that has more information about your case. Again, a motion to surrender is a far more efficient and faster way to get a bond and get out of jail in the overall majority of situations. It is also far more efficient and quicker than simply waiting to be picked up by law enforcement on the outstanding warrant.  Frankly, this can take weeks and lead to major disruptions to an individual’s life.

If you have questions concerning your Tampa criminal case or an outstanding warrant for your arrest, contact the Tampa criminal defense attorneys of Hackworth Law for a free case consultation. We’ve handled thousands of criminal cases throughout the Tampa Bay area and will sit down with you and determine an efficient, effective way to protect your interests and your future from your current criminal charges. If you’d like to contact one of our Tampa criminal offense attorneys immediately, please use the “contact us now” tab in the upper right hand corner of our website. We appreciate your time in checking out our Tampa criminal defense attorney blog and look forward to working with you in the future.