Bench Warrants

A bench warrant is issued by a judge to require an individual to appear in court for any number of different reasons. Rather than an arrest warrant, which is based on criminal activity, bench warrants are issued more on the basis of procedural failures by an individual. For example, if you do any of the following, you may find a bench warrant being issued in your name.

  • Failing to appear for a court date for any reason
  • Failing to pay a fine such as a parking ticket
  • Failing to obey another court order

All of the above place you in contempt of court and will lead to a bench warrant being issued. Depending on the severity of the situation, you could also be subject to jail time, violation of probation, increased fines, and the suspension of your drivers license.

By law, a bench warrant can only be served between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. If you respond promptly to a bench warrant, you can likely avoid any additional punishments that may be possible if you make it difficult for the court to handle the business at hand. If you fail to appear in court after several bench warrants, you could be placing yourself in danger of having more serious punishments and long-term ramifications on the rest of your life.

It is smart to retain legal council before responding to any bench warrant to ensure that you take the proper steps and protect yourself. It is possible that you could be taken into custody if you go directly to court when served your warrant, so you will want a defense attorney with you at all times. Somera Law Group has worked in many cases involving bench warrants and would be happy to defend you. Call our offices today for a free consultation.