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A warrant is issued the same date, usually, and constitutes a "failure to appear", which is a separate offense. Judges have discretion and will often waive any additional penalty if someone shows up immediately after failing to appear, but this would mean tomorrow or the next day. Waiting more than a week means she would need a really good excuse to avoid extra jail time for the offense.
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The warrant was almost certainly issued the same date that she failed to appear. However, the chance that she was sentenced to 16 months for traffic tickets is zero. I suggest that she hire a locally experienced defense attorney to deal with the warrant ASAP. Best of luck.
Typically a bench warrant is issued on the same morning that the defendant fails to appear. The warrant is typically set at $25,000. Here, however, she missed her surrender date so things are different. At the time of her plea, she may have waived the 16 months if she failed to appear on her surrender date, meaning that the judge can now max her out which in this scenario appears to be 3 years or more. My advice is for her to contact her attorney and get in there today. I wish her the best.
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