What is a Bench Warrant?
A bench warrant is issued when a person disobeys a court order. The most common reason for the issuance of a bench warrant is a failure to appear in court. When a bench warrant is issued in your name, law enforcement has the authority to arrest you immediately and take you into custody. Following are the reasons that a bench warrant may be issued:
- Failure to appear in court for a scheduled appearance
- Failure to pay a court-ordered fine
- Failure to pay child support or alimony
- Failure to complete court-ordered counseling, DUI School, rehabilitation or treatment
- Failure to appear in court following receiving a citation from law enforcement
- Failure to appear in court for sentencing, following a trial or after reaching a plea agreement
Attorneys for Bench Warrants in Los Angeles, California
It is absolutely crucial that you consult an attorney if you have learned that there is a bench warrant issued for your arrest. You could be arrested at any moment, even if you are at home, at work or out with friends. If you are pulled over for a traffic violation of any kind, your bench warrant may show up when the officer runs your plates and name. You could be arrested without any warning and find yourself in custody and possibly facing serious criminal charges.
An attorney at Eisner Gorin LLP can help you if a warrant has been issued in your name. We have over 50 years of courtroom experience and are fully dedicated to protecting our clients’ rights and interests in the face of warrants and any type of criminal proceeding.
Contact a Los Angeles Bench Warrant Lawyer
A lawyer at our firm can help challenge the bench warrant and possibly have it cancelled so you do not have to be arrested in the first place. If you’ve already been arrested, a criminal defense lawyer can help to negotiate for a release on your own recognizance (without having to pay bail) or can negotiate a lower bail amount. A lawyer can also begin protecting you from criminal charges and a conviction – and therefore serious penalties – by becoming involved early on.