Jacksonville Bench Warrant Attorney
What is a Bench Warrant?
A “warrant” is a document issued by a court authorizing law enforcement to arrest the person named in the warrant and bring them before a judge. Such a person is being charged with a crime or they’ve already been charged with a crime but they failed to appear in court, or they owe a fine, or he or she has failed to follow a court order and they are in contempt of court.
A “bench warrant” is a specific type of warrant that is issued when someone has failed to appear in court for a hearing. In other words, they weren’t sitting on the bench when they were supposed to. Once a bench warrant has been issued, the police can treat it the same as any other arrest warrant; they can even use it to arrest the person during a routine traffic stop.
Arrest Warrants vs. Bench Warrants: What’s the Difference?
The key difference between traditional arrest warrants and bench warrants is how they’re initiated. Bench warrants are initiated after an individual fails to show up in court. In contrast, arrest warrants are initiated by police officers who explain to a judge why they believe a suspect committed a crime (the officer shows “probable cause” as to why the person should be arrested).
When the officer is successful in convincing the judge, the judge signs off on a warrant and the police can proceed in making an arrest. Most often, law enforcement obtains warrants so they can make an arrest at the suspect’s home, usually early in the morning hours when the suspect is asleep and has their guard down.
Are you concerned there is a warrant out for your arrest, whether it’s a bench warrant or a standard arrest warrant? To find out if you’re a wanted person, visit the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s website and follow the prompts on their “Wanted Person Search.”
Named in a Bench Warrant? Let Porter Help!
Whether you’re currently under investigation and suspect an arrest is imminent, or if an arrest warrant has already been issued because you’re facing criminal charges, or if a bench warrant has been issued by a judge because you failed to appear in court, regardless, you need a hard-hitting defense attorney in your corner. The time to act is right now before things spiral out of control and you’re taken into custody.
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