Defense Lawyer Explains Arrest and Bench Warrants in San Diego
In California, the court can issue a bench or arrest warrant for a number of different reasons. In some cases, the party of interest may not even know that a warrant has been issued. This can turn a simple traffic stop into a trip to jail, so it is imperative that you consult with a San Diego criminal attorney from jD Law Criminal Defense Attorneys immediately if you believe that someone has issued a warrant with your name on it.
Do not avoid securing the legal guidance that you will need. Appearing before the judge without legal counsel may not be a successful approach, as most are hesitant to believe an excuse that they have heard a thousand times over. Innocence can only be effectively established by a person familiar with San Diego courts, criminal law, and police practices. Attorney Jim Dicks, as a former police officer, has the seasoned experience, specialized knowledge, and aggressive approach you’ll need. Call jD Law Criminal Defense Attorneys at (760) 630-2000 for a free consultation regarding your case.
An arrest warrant is issued and given to the police, ordering the arrest and detention of the person named in the warrant. They 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.
When there is an arrest warrant out for your arrest, you are immediately liable to be arrested wherever you are, at any time an officer either notices you or finds you. This includes your home or workplace—essentially, law enforcement has the right to detain you under any circumstances.
Remember that warrants are not the same as charges—being arrested only means you are a possible suspect. Even if the evidence looks stacked against you, you will always have the right to a criminal attorney. However, an arrest warrant means charges are likely to be filed unless you begin responding with a strong defense. If you have an outstanding arrest warrant, hiding will not solve the issue—you need to call a criminal lawyer as soon as possible.
A bench warrant is the most common form of warrant in California. Bench warrants are issued when a person fails to appear in court for a mandatory appearance. Bench warrants also allow for the immediate arrest of a person.
Possible consequences for a bench warrant include:
- Arrest if you are pulled over
- Possible jail time after arrest
- Licenses suspension
- DMV fines to life suspension
- Potential denial of bail
While intimidating, bench warrants are simply the legal way for a judge to enforce a person’s appearance before the judge’s bench (ergo, the name). That is no reason to ignore them, however—your arrest would be a very real and potentially permanent addition to your record. The warrant could also include heavy fines. When you have a criminal defense attorney at your side who understands the legal process from multiple angles, there’s no reason to panic.
Whether you have a bench or arrest warrant out in your name, it is essential that you contact a qualified criminal lawyer from jD Law Criminal Defense Attorneys who can help you avoid additional penalties and charges.
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. A legal professional will know what is needed by the court and may be able to convince the judge to release you on your own recognizance or for a reasonable bail.
At our firm, we are prepared to represent clients thanks to our:
- More than three decades of legal experience
- Insight from a former police detective
- Representation from a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist
San Diego criminal defense attorney James N. Dicks is dedicated to providing his clients with personal attention. His desire for a positive outcome for each client's individual warrant situation has driven him to success and has built his stellar reputation in the San Diego legal community.
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