Getting your identity stolen could mean getting arrest warrants
Having your identity stolen can be one of the most stressful things that you will ever have to go through. It’s right up there in the stress stakes with bereavement and divorce believe it or not. If someone steals your identity they can potentially ruin you financially. They can also get you an arrest warrant in some cases. The best way to combat the arrest warrant problem is to make sure that you discover them early and deal with them before the situation gets out of hand.
One of the main reasons, in my opinion, for the apparent increase in identity theft is the Internet. It’s a great tool and I couldn’t do without it but with it’s many benefits it has brought a few problems. One of these problems is the ease with which someone can get hold of your personal details and use them to impersonate you. The more information that exists on the Internet and the more transactions that are made all increase the risk of this happening.
You can take simple common sense precautions to reduce your risk of information theft but you can’t eliminate it altogether. The more information that is stored digitally the more the risk. Especially when government officials seem to be so prone to losing disks with your details on.
How does criminal identity theft get you an arrest warrant?
Imagine that a thief has gained access to enough of your personal information to be able to impersonate you. The thief then goes and steals a car or holds up a store and gets caught. The thief gets a good lawyer, persuades the court to let him/her out on bail and then simply disappears. The court then issues a warrant for your arrest because the thief has been using your identity.
The above is a made up situation and you might say that this should never happen. The police should have verified the thief’s identity but do they always have the time to do that? especially if the crime was committed in a different area.
Sort out arrest warrant problems quickly
When you have an arrest warrant your best course of action is to get it sorted as soon as possible. this applies whether you actually committed the offence or not. The police don’t care whether you are guilty, it’s not their job. It is their job to arrest you and they will do it when you least expect it. Make sure that you discover your arrest warrants before the police come to arrest you.