If you have an outstanding warrant there are several general options to handle your situation: Post bail; Turn yourself in to Law Enforcement; calendar your case for court (Court Surrender.) Not all options are available for all warrants. Please see the details below or contact the court to determine which options apply to your warrant. Be prepared to provide a name and case number or a name and date of birth for all warrant inquiries.
You may turn yourself in to the San Luis Obispo County Jail or any California Law Enforcement agency. If your warrant is a Felony, you may be able to turn yourself in to Law Enforcement in another state. If you turn yourself in, you will be taken in to custody and transported to the San Luis Obispo County Jail, where you will be held until your court date. If you are released from jail/custody and given a court date, it is your responsibility to appear or arrange for an attorney to appear for you on this date. No changes to this court date can be made.
If your warrant has a specific bail amount assigned, you may post bail to clear your warrant and receive a court date. You may post bail at the court or at any law enforcement agency. If your warrant states "NO BAIL", then this is not an option for this case.
Bail can be posted at the Court using cash, credit card, money order, cashier's check or personal check. This money will be processed and may be refunded at the conclusion of the case provided appearances are made as ordered by the court. Cash bail can also be ordered to apply to any fines that result on any case with this court. Law Enforcement agencies may not accept all of the above methods of payment for posting bail. Bail posted with personal funds in this manner is called Cash Bail. Once Cash Bail is posted, your warrant will be recalled (cleared) and you will be given a date to appear in court. It is your responsibility to appear or arrange for an attorney to appear for you on this date. This date cannot be changed.
Bail can also be posted by contacting any bail bond company. Bail bond companies are private businesses who charge a fee to post a bail bond in the amount of your warrant. Arrangements made with bail bond companies are private business agreements. Once the bail bond is posted on your matter, the warrant will be recalled and you will be given a court date as assigned by the bail bond company. It is your responsibility to appear or arrange an attorney to appear for you on this date. No changes to this court date can be made.
On certain cases you can post the bail and forfeit it to close your case. This involves making a payment to the court. On eligible cases, once the money is received, the warrant will be recalled and your case closed. No court appearance will be required. To check if your warrant is eligible for Post and Forfeit, please contact the court.
If you have an outstanding warrant you or your attorney may request the clerk to calendar your warrant matter(s) for hearing by appearing at the Criminal counter in San Luis Obispo. Calendaring your case does NOT recall the warrant. Your warrant will be addressed by a judge on your court date. You can calendar your case by calling the court or by appearing at the clerk's counter during normal business hours. Our phones are open M-TH, Counters M-F 8:30AM - 4:00PM. The clerk will verify that your case qualifies for "court surrender" and will calendar your case for two weeks in the future on an appropriate court date. If your warrant is the result of a Prop 36 case, this option is not available to you. If your warrant was ordered as "no court surrender", this option is not available to you. To check if your warrant is for a Prop 36 case or states "no court surrender" please contact the court in person or by calling 805-781-5670.