Posted on January 1, 2019

Tustin Warrant Attorney – Bench & Arrest Warrant Lawyer

Do you have an outstanding warrant for an offense committed in Tustin? Retaining an experienced Tustin warrant attorney can be one of the most important decisions you make. Contact the Law Offices of John D. Rogers today to discuss your outstanding warrant and how to recall the warrant without having to serve time in jail.

What is the Difference Between a Bench Warrant and Arrest Warrant?

A judge issues a bench warrant when someone fails to appear in court. Ordinarily, a person is given a court date after receiving a ticket or once they bail out from custody. When the individual does not appear in court on the date of their hearing, the judge will issue a “bench warrant” ordering law enforcement to immediately arrest you and escort you to court. Unfortunately, there are times that someone is never cited, and the prosecutor fails to provide written notice of a court date. In that instance, the warrant will be issued despite your lack of notice.

An arrest warrant is issued by the judge once law enforcement establishes probable cause to legally arrest you. An arrest warrant helps resolve any issues that you were illegally arrested by law enforcement because police first obtained approval from the court. Typically, arrest warrants are issued after formal charges have been filed against you. Arrest warrants are common in serious cases such as homicide, sex crimes, or when law enforcement believe you present an immediate threat to public safety.

Accordingly, a warrant means that the court demands your presence so your case can proceed. A common misconception is that the warrant will go away over the passage of time. Instead, a bench or arrest warrant will continue to remain until you appear in court. Consequently, you could be subject to arrest if you encounter law enforcement or traveling internationally or domestic. Furthermore, pending warrants are transmitted to the department of justice making it discoverable by prospective employers, licensing agencies, or anyone conducting a search of your criminal background.

Contact a Tustin Warrant Attorney

If you have an outstanding warrant for a crime allegedly committed in Tustin, then contact the Law Offices of John D. Rogers to speak with an experienced Orange County criminal defense lawyer about recalling your warrant. We can provide you guidance and the corrects steps to take to avoid being remanded into custody once you appear before a judge. Call us today to schedule a free confidential consultation.

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