Bench Warrant Information
A bench warrant is used to arrest and detain an individual for failing to appear in court. Bench warrants are issued by a court or judge at the federal or California state level, and become effective immediately. As soon as law enforcement arrests an individual on a bench warrant, he/she is held in a county jail until the next court hearing as there is usually no bail, which means you won’t be able to go home or go to work until you see a judge.
The purpose of a bench warrant is to detain an individual and bring them to court in order to handle pending legal actions. These types of actions include arraignments, criminal sentencing, paying a fine, general court appearances, or issuing a citation. A judge can also issue a bench warrant for failing to show proof of progress or completion of a court sentence, or failing to appear after being released from custody. When an individual fails to appear in court, whether it’s before or after a bench warrant has been issued, he/she faces a variety of penalties including detainment, driver’s license suspension, or the denial of bail for other outstanding warrants.
What Should I Do if There is a Bench Warrant Issued in My Name?
As soon as you become aware that a bench warrant has been in issued in your name, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney like Donald A. Hilland. If law enforcement finds you before you contact a lawyer, they have the right to arrest you on the spot and will tow your vehicle or prevent you from going to work. Just so you know, if you are termianted due to being in jail you cannot sue your employer for wrongful termination. That’s not an option.
An experienced Los Angeles bench warrant attorney like Donald A. Hilland can contact the court and submit mandatory documents and arrange for you to appear and not go to jail in most case, then represent you in front of the judge, negotiate with prosecutors, and even potentially save you from police arrest and impoundment of your vehicle. Don’t take a chance. Contact us today.
Contact the Law Office Donald A. Hilland in the Valley
If you suspect a bench warrant has been issued in your name, attorney Donald A. Hilland can help you. Mr. Hilland has experience representing many individuals throughout the Los Angeles area with outstanding bench warrants. He will protect your rights and best interests, and may save you from unwanted jail time, probation, or extra fines.