A bench warrant is a warrant issued by the judge. The warrant is not due to criminal activity, instead, the warrant is generally issued when an individual fails to appear in court or fails to follow a court order. (Cal. Pen. Code § 978.5(a)).
After the bench warrant is issued, the court clerk will enter the warrant into the national warrant system called the National Crime Information Center or NCIC so that you may be arrested in any county, similar to an arrest warrant. (Cal. Pen. Code §980).
If You Are Issued a Bench Warrant…
If you have a bench warrant for you arrest, our attorney can appear with you in court to get the warrant recalled.
Each year, a large number of people fail to appear in court. It may be that an individual forgot to appear or was too afraid to appear in court. Once a bench warrant is issued, you must act fact or else face arrest once located by police. Furthermore, if you do not have adequate representation when arrested, it will be very difficult to lower your bail as the prosecutor will likely argue that you are not trustworthy to appear in court. This is why it is very critical to hire an attorney to represent you and help recall the bench warrant prior to arrest.
Koohanim Law Firm Will Help You Clear the Bench Warrant
If you are facing a bench warrant, it is preferable to voluntarily appear in court as opposed to avoiding the warrant and facing arrest. However, if you do voluntarily turn yourself into the court, the court may take you into custody. That is why it’s important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you. We will provide you with more information on how you may clear your bench warrant. We may be able to get the warrant recalled and quashed without you having to appear in court or face jail time. Contact us today to discuss your bench warrant!