Arrest and Bench warrants are documents which grant law enforcement officers the right to arrest you and bring you before a judge or magistrate. The two types of warrant are different in what gives rise to them, but they are similar in how they must be addressed
Most Common Reason: Failure to appear in court
Bench warrants are issued when you were required to appear before the court and you do not show. They are far and away the most common type of warrants. Unlike arrest warrants, bench warrants do not require Probable Cause that you committed a crime. Your failure to appear is enough to have this type of warrant issued for your arrest.
Most Common Reason: Suspected/Accused of a Crime
When a police officer writes a sworn statement saying there is probable cause to believe you committed a crime, a judge reviews his statement and may write a warrant for your arrest. A police officer can rely on things like hearsay and accusations when authoring his sworn statement. “Probable cause” is very low threshold and arrest warrants are routinely issued with shockingly thin evidence. If you are arrested upon a warrant,
What to do if You Have Either an Arrest or Bench Warrant
If you receive notice of a warrant for your arrest, you need to call Manshoory Law Group immediately before law enforcement finds you and takes you into custody. The issuance of an arrest warrant may be the first step in the criminal prosecution against you and you will require the experienced and dedicated legal representation that only Manshoory Law Group can offer in order to fight the charges against you.
If you failed to appear to go to a court date when you were required to do so and now have a bench warrant, again, call us immediately! Courts look more favorably on those that willingly bring themselves into court rather than being picked up by the police. Often, we can appear on your behalf to recall a bench warrant, so you may never need to disrupt work or family life by going to court.