Frequently Asked Questions about Warrants

  1. Why do I have an arrest warrant?
  2. How do I surrender myself?
  3. What if I live out of state?
  4. Who determines the bond amount?
  5. How do I turn someone else in?

Why do I have an arrest warrant?

An arrest warrant is a formal order of the court, issued by a judge, that authorizes any law enforcement officer to arrest the person suspected of committing a criminal act.

How do I surrender myself?

You can surrender yourself on a warrant by going to the Public Safety Building at 7200 Barrister in Boise, Idaho. You will need to contact a bail agent to bond out of jail, pay your bond in cash (including a $25 Sheriff's fee for each warrant) or remain in custody until the next arraignment time with the magistrate judge.

If you intend to bond out of jail, you will need to pay the agent 10% of the listed bond amount plus the bond agent fee.

What if I live out of state?

If you have a misdemeanor warrant in Ada County but live out of state and are able to post your bond, you can surrender in the Idaho county nearest you. You will be booked into that county's jail, be photographed and be fingerprinted. You will then be able to bond out. Before you leave, you will be given a court date of when you must appear in Ada County court two weeks later.

If you are unable to post your bond, you will need to surrender in Ada County or a county within our extradition limits: Boise, Canyon, Cassia, Elmore, Gem, Jerome, Owyhee, Payette, Twin Falls or Valley County.

If you have a felony warrant, it is best to surrender in Idaho. You may go to any county to turn yourself in. You will be transferred to Ada County for court proceedings.

Who determines the bond amount?

A judge issues an arrest warrant and also sets the bond amount. This is an amount of money that must be paid to allow the person to leave jail before his case is complete. The purpose of a bond is to make sure that person attends all required court appearances.

How do I turn someone else in?

If you know the location of a wanted person, do not take action on your own. Only peace officers can arrest a person for an outstanding warrant. To report the whereabouts of a wanted person, call the Warrants Unit at (208) 577-3090 or (208) 577-3091. Please be prepared to report the exact location where a wanted person can be found at that time.

Do you have other questions? Call the Warrants Unit at (208) 577-3090 or (208) 577-3091.