What is a Ramey Warrant?

Police officers may arrest a person when they have probable cause to believe a crime has been committed.  In some cases, an officer may elect to submit the facts of an investigation to a Judge and ask that a warrant be issued for the person’s arrest. An arrest warrant is a court order directing officers to arrest a certain person if and when they locate him or her.  If a Judge is satisfied from the officer’s declaration that probable cause exists that the offense described has been committed and that the described defendant committed the offense, the Court issues a warrant of probable cause for the defendant’s arrest. This species of warrant is called a “Ramey Warrant”.  In contrast to a traditional type of arrest warrant, Ramey warrants are issued before a formal complaint has been filed against the criminal suspect by the District Attorney. This may occur, according to one criminal attorney in Long Beach, when a police officer lacks sufficient evidence to file charges, but hopes to obtain sufficient evidence to file a complaint through questioning, lineups, or other investigatory techniques.  These warrants pose particular problems in terms of resolving without the person being taken into custody, a lawyer should certainly be retained to assist with the matter.

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