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Bench Warrant Issued for Your Arrest? Here’s What to Know

When someone fails to show up for court for a matter, such as an arraignment, or when someone violates a court order, he or she is issued a warrant by a judge (a member of the bench). This is called a “bench warrant,” and is a warrant issued for someone’s arrest.  

Many Aren’t Aware that Warrant Exists

It’s important to understand that even those individuals who have a bench warrant issued for them may not know that it exists. This can occur as easily as someone not knowing the date that was scheduled for them to appear in court on a criminal charge. When they miss their appearance because they weren’t correctly informed of the date, etc. they could easily end up with a bench warrant for their arrest. 

Missed Court Appearance

For instance, imagine Bob was arrested for a misdemeanor, but was only cited and then released. He was never informed of the date of his arraignment. Months after he was arrested, the prosecutor filed a misdemeanor complaint against Bob. And while Bob had provided his address after he was arrested, he had since moved. The prosecutor sent the letter informing Bob of the charges against him, but the letter was not forwarded to his new residence. Then, when Bob failed to show in court, the judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest. Several months later, Bob failed to come to a complete stop at a stop sign and was pulled over by a police officer, who ran Bob’s records. He found that Bob had a bench warrant out for his arrest and Bob was arrested. 

In such a situation, Bob would need to go to court as soon as possible in order to have the bench warrant against him recalled.

Violation of Court Order

Another reason that someone may have a bench warrant issued for their arrest is that he or she violated a court order. This could be due to a probation violation or even something as simple as paying a fine. Again, in this situation, the warrant could be recalled through a court appearance. 

It can be extremely disturbing to learn that there is a bench warrant issued for your arrest. However, it’s important to understand that oftentimes such a warrant can be recalled through a court appearance. Responding to this as soon as possible will only increase your odds of a better outcome. 

The Law Office of Ronald L. Freeman Helps Those in California Who Have a Bench Warrant Issued for their Arrest

If you or a loved one has a bench warrant issued for your arrest in California, you should be sure to take it seriously. While it doesn’t have to result in serious consequences, it can when not quickly addressed. That’s why it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced San Bernardino and Riverside criminal defense attorney who understands criminal law and can work to get your bench warrant recalled.  

At the Law Office of Ronald L. Freeman, our San Bernardino and Riverside criminal defense attorneys will work to defend your freedom and collect proper evidence to help your case. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!