If you’ve heard that there’s a warrant with your name on it, it matters whether it’s a bench warrant or an arrest warrant.
By far, most people are familiar with the concept of an arrest warrant. This is a document issued to law enforcement by a judge once enough evidence has been gathered that leads officers to believe a crime has been committed and a suspect may be responsible for that crime. The arrest warrant empowers law enforcement officers to arrest the suspect and hold them pending charges.
A bench warrant is similar to an arrest warrant but differs in one significant way. With a bench warrant, the court is asking law enforcement to bring someone into custody because a judge believes they have demonstrated contempt for the court or violated its rules.
Common reasons bench warrants are issued include the following:
- Failing to pay child support
- Failing to appear for a court hearing
- Violating probation
- Failing to appear for jury service
- Failing to pay a ticket or fine issued by the court
Once a bench warrant is issued, the process of locating the person named on the warrant and arresting them isn’t much different from how it works with an arrest warrant.
If there’s a warrant for your arrest or that of a loved one, we at The Alband Law Firm can help. Our capable attorneys are skilled in handling many different criminal defense matters, including those involving bench warrants and arrest warrants.