What is the difference between an arrest warrant and a bench warrant?
A bench warrant is usually issued by a judge after a failure to appear in Court by a Defendant. An arrest warrant is usually gotten by the police when they are seeking a specific individual, it gives them Court ordered permission to arrest the named individual. An arrest warrant is NOT necessary in all circumstances.
What if i have a bench warrant against me?
It is extremely important to appear for ALL of your Court dates. In essence yo uare building a credit file with the Court by your appearances... If you fail to appear and warrant in any future arrests these warrants will be cause for bail instead of release on recognizance, or increases in bail from minor amount to greater and greater amounts in order to secure you show up in Court.
If you already have a bench warrant issued against you it may be to your best interest to turn yourself in on that warrant, if you plan to do so it is important that you do so as soon as possible, as after 60 days there may be added Felony charges placed against you for bail jumping.
I would ALWAYS suggest you return with an attorney if its been any length of time, however if for example you are turning yourself in on a warrant from a day before and have a very good excuse such as having been in the hospital and can show proof then it is less likely you will need a private attorney with you...
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As opposed to it having been several months or years since the warrant, where it will be a virtual guarantee you should have an attorney with you as the likelihood will be that the Judge will make some changes to your bail. Everything in between should be considered on a case by case basis.
What if i have a warrant for my arrest?
In general, turning oneself in to the police when you are wanted makes several very positive statements to the Court. Overall, the fact that you have turned yourself in will usually go leaps and bounds as far as a bail argument, showing that you are not only responsible but personally ensuring that you are facing the charges and without issue bringing yourself before the Court. usually depending on the charge the Court will look with high regard on such an action.
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