Arrest and Bench Warrants
If you have been arrested, you are probably wondering:
- Did the police have the legal right to arrest you?
- Where did the authority to arrest me come from?
- If the arrest was done without a warrant, was it lawful?
Understanding what these documents and procedures are is the first thing you can do to protect your rights as a defendant.
An arrest warrant is the document giving law enforcement officers the legal right to arrest someone. A judge issues these when there is probable cause to believe the person named on the warrant committed an offense.
If there is a warrant out for your arrest, or you believe there could be, you should contact an attorney immediately. The attorneys at Miller & Hine can tell you your options and help determine if a warrant is currently issued against you.
A bench warrant is used by a judge for the apprehension of someone who has violated a court order and is therefore in contempt of court. It is different than an arrest warrant because the person named in the warrant is not being accused of a crime, but is being accused of offenses against the court. For example, if you refuse to show up to your court date for a possession charge, the judge may issue a bench warrant against you.
A bench warrant will authorize law enforcement to take the person named into custody and bring him or her in front of the judge.
You should always do everything to comply with court orders and procedures. If you find yourself unable to do so, you need to talk to an attorney at Miller & Hine to find out what to do next.
Let Us Help You
If you currently have a warrant, call the attorneys at Miller & Hine to find out the best way to deal with it. We may be able to have your warrant lifted, cancel your bond, and obtain a new court date for you. We only charge $50 to lift (recall) a warrant! Call us today for a free consultation.