In Wake County, North Carolina you’ll usually be charged with a crime in one of two ways. Either the police stop you believing that you are in the process of committing a crime. This could be something as simple as driving with license revoked (DWLR) or as serious as in the middle of robbing a bank. Either way, you will be arrested, and almost immediately charged as the police officer swears out an arrest warrant in front of a magistrate.
Or allegations may arise that you have committed a crime in the past. The police may investigate for a period of time, during which they will probably try to interview you, friends, witnesses, and acquaintances. When they think they have enough information to charge you with a crime, the police officer will generally swear out a warrant for your arrest.
You will not know that an arrest warrant has been sworn out for you until one of two things happen. Either the police show up at your door or at your work to arrest you. Or, sometimes, the police request you either directly show up at the police station or request your lawyer to surrender you to the police station for your arrest.
Obviously it’s much more preferable to receive a call from the police officer asking you to surrender yourself. First, it prevents the embarrassment of you being arrested and placed in cuffs in front of your family or your co-workers. Second, it prevents the chance for a confrontation. Everything is peaceful and orderly with a surrendered arrest.
I recommend that anyone who is being accused of a crime or being asked about a crime where the questions are accusatory, should seek out an attorney. Why? An attorney can help facilitate the surrender, and can work to secure your release from jail. An attorney will also help you preserve your rights, and protect you and your family from further criminal liability.