When a police or other law enforcement agency has probable cause to believe a person has committed a crime, or if a person has been indicted by a grand jury, a court will issue an arrest warrant. If a person with a criminal case fails to appear for a mandatory court appearance, the court will issue a bench warrant.
If you have a criminal case and have failed to appear for a mandatory court appearance, you could subsequently be arrested at any time and in any place, most likely when it will result in embarrassment and inconvenience. You may or may not be aware that there is such a warrant.
No matter what type of warrant you may have or when it was issued, it does not expire.
If you have an outstanding warrant, you need to contact a reputable, experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Whether you have an arrest warrant or a bench warrant, The Law Offices of Paula Drake can assist you.
If you try to appear in court yourself to handle the warrant, you will likely end up in custody. In addition, there is likely to be an unresolved criminal case that will need to be dealt with as well.
Criminal Defense Attorney Paula Drake knows what to do to clear your warrant and help you to avoid going into custody by arguing for a release on your own recognizance or a reasonable bail. We can determine the nature of the warrant, the underlying charges, and the options you have to obtain your best possible outcome.