California bench and arrest warrants are serious legal matters. You may have a warrant out for your arrest and not even know it, turning a simple traffic stop into a trip to jail. If you think you may have a warrant out for your arrest, you should not try to handle it yourself. If you appear before the judge and try to defend yourself, the likelihood of your success is very limited. Many judges have heard the same excuses over and over and don’t want to hear anymore.

By working with an experienced warrant attorney, you may be able to have your warrant revoked and avoid having to go into custody at all. An attorney will know what information and documents are needed by the court and may be able to convince the judge to release you on your own recognizance or for a reasonable bail amount.

Arrest Warrant or Bench Warrant?

An arrest warrant is a formal document issued by the court which is given to the police, ordering the arrest and detention of the person named in the warrant. Arrest warrants are usually issued after indictment by a grand jury or when a law enforcement agency has reasonable cause to suspect a person of committing a crime.

A bench warrant is the most common form of warrant in California. Bench warrants are typically issued when a person fails to appear in court for a mandatory appearance. Bench warrants allow for the immediate arrest of a person.

Whether you have a bench or arrest warrant out in your name, it is essential to contact a qualified criminal defense attorney who can represent you in court and help you avoid additional penalties and criminal charges.