Dealing With An Outstanding California Warrant

There are two types of California warrants issued by a judge. The first type is an arrest warrant and the second type is a bench warrant. We are experienced in handling both types of warrants.

Arrest Warrant

An arrest warrant is a court order issued by a judge for the arrest or detention of an individual after a crime has been committed. Typically, a warrant will be issued after an investigation by law enforcement. Once a judge determines that there is a reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed, and the person named in the warrant was the person involved in the crime, the judge will sign the arrest warrant. A law enforcement official has the right to detain the person named in the warrant once the warrant is issued. They will go to your home or office to take you into custody. This will ensure that a person will appear in court to appear before a judge. A warrant may require that a significant bail be put up before a person may be released. The bail is a guarantee that the person will return to court. In some cases, a judge will issue an arrest warrant with no bail.

Once you are in custody, the police will attempt to get a statement from you regarding the crime. If you hire a defense attorney who has significant experience in handling these cases, it will be virtually impossible for the police to take a statement from you. Remember that any statements that you make can and will be used against you.

Our experienced defense attorneys have been able to convince even the toughest judges to release individuals on their own recognizance who have been arrested on a warrant. This means that the person will have to promise to appear for a future court date.

Bench Warrant

A bench warrant is an order issued by a judge when a person fails to appear in court after they were ordered to appear by either law enforcement, their attorney, or a judge. If the person fails to appear, the judge will issue a bench warrant which requires law enforcement to immediately locate and arrest the person. This typically occurs when the judge has ordered a person to appear for a hearing, progress report or when a probation violation is filed. In some cases, a witness to a crime who has been ordered and fails to appear will have a bench warrant or body attachment ordered. The purpose for the bench warrant is to ensure the court appearance of the person charged with a crime, or a witness, to appear in court.

Once a bench warrant has been issued and the person knows that there is one outstanding, they should immediately retain an attorney immediately.

After a bench warrant is issued, your driver’s license will be suspended. If you are stopped for a simple traffic citation, you will immediately be taken into custody. The police officer does not have the discretion to release you, or allow you to contact an attorney until you are booked into jail. Once you are booked, you will be allowed to contact your attorney. If you learn that a bench warrant has been issued, do not delay in contacting our office.

Hiring an Aggressive and Experienced Los Angeles Warrant Attorney

We have been helping clients in Southern California fight warrants for 15 years. We will go to court with you and assist in getting you released from custody and explaining to the judge why you should not be held in jail. He can also assist in having a bail bondsman in court to facilitate an immediate release from custody. When you learn there is a warrant for your arrest or for your failure to appear, contact our defense attorneys at:

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