Bench warrant: things you need to know.
A bench warrant is a warrant issued by a court telling police who come across a person to arrest that person, regardless of whether they are committing a crime. A bench warrant can be used for many different reasons, the most common reason is for someone failing to appear at court for a court hearing. Other times, bench warrants are issued for failing to pay parking tickets, or failing to contact police when they need to contact you. An example of this is with people riding in cars involved in an accident. The police will often contact that person to ask them for a report. Even though the person isn’t in trouble, the police will want to contact that person to ask them questions. The person then forgets to follow up with the police, who get a bench warrant to find the person. Regardless of what happens, the police will arrest a person with a bench warrant out for them. The officers involved have no discretion, they simply must arrest the person involved in the bench warrant. Some people mistakenly believe the warrant will resolve itself on its own, this is a dangerous assumption.
A bench warrant can land you in jail if you don’t take care of it.
If you don’t handle your bench warrant, it will eventually catch up with you and you will end up in jail. An attorney who works frequently with bench warrants can help you clear the warrant and get you back to living life again.
Making bail if you’re picked up on a bench warrant.
If police arrest you as a result of a bench warrant, it is unlikely you will be released under your own recognisance (“OR”) because you have demonstrated your inability to follow instructions in the past. Thus, you will likely need to post bail to get released. The bail amount will depend on the facts of your case, and how long the bench warrant was outstanding. An attorney who works with bench warrant cases can help you minimize the bail you will have to post in most cases, so it makes sense to talk to an attorney before taking the steps you need to take to resolve a bench warrant.