Arrest Warrant

An arrest warrant is issued by an elected judge on behalf of the Commonwealth, which authorizes the arrest and detention of a person.  A valid arrest warrant must be supported by probable cause.  Probable Cause means it is more likely than not that you committed the crime the police claim you committed.  The arrest warrant must be issued by a neutral and detached Judge.  The arrest warrant must particularly describe the person to be arrested.  These minimum requirements are found in the Fourth Amendment.