How can I clear a bench warrant? 11 Answers as of July 19, 2012

i have a bench warrant on fta for an infraction . i had a fta and got an abstract and a new court date. i went to my court date but did not realize how long it would take and had to leave to make it to work on time so i would not be late for work and fired. i was terminated that day even though i made it to work on time for a previous tardy and as a result my ticket turned into a warrant. what can i do to clear my warrant?

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Nelson & Lawless
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
If there is a warrant, to properly handle it, you must turn yourself into the issuing court, with or without an attorney, and try to negotiate a recall of the warrant[s] and a plea bargain on the new Failure to Appear charge. You'll try to negotiate bail reduction or OR release. You'll then try to negotiate a plea bargain or take to trial the outstanding charge that caused the warrant. Turning yourself in voluntarily will result in a better outcome than being brought in cuffs to court after arrest on the warrant. On misdemeanors and infractions, your attorney can appear in court without the defendant being present. Effective plea-bargaining, using whatever legal defenses, facts and sympathies there may be, could possibly keep you out of jail/prison, or at least dramatically reduce it.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/19/2012
Law Office of Jared C. Winter
Law Office of Jared C. Winter | Jared C. Winter
Call the court and get your case back on calendar.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/19/2012
Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
Go to the clerk and ask to be put on calendar. Then explain to the judge what happened. They should recall the warrant and you need to do whatever was required.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/16/2012
Universal Law Group, Inc. | Francis John Cowhig
You are going to need to appear before the judge that issued the bench warrant and ask that the warrant be recalled. I strongly suggest that you contact an experienced criminal law attorney for a face-to-face consultation and give him/her all of the facts surrounding your case. He/she would then be in a better position to analyze you case and advise you of your options.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/16/2012
Steven Alpers | Steven Alpers
You need to get back into court. Or you may just be able to pay the fines and get the hold released.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/16/2012
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    To clear a bench warrant you should go to the court that issued the warrant and tell the clerk that you have a warrant and you are there to handle it. The clerk will call for the file and it should be heard that day.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/16/2012
    Law Office of George M. Derieg
    Law Office of George M. Derieg | George Derieg
    You will have to go back to the traffic court clerk and put yourself bak on calendar again.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/10/2012
    Todd Landgren, Professional Law Corp.
    Todd Landgren, Professional Law Corp. | Todd Landgren
    Go back to court. Have clerk send matter to courtroom or schedule a new date to appear. Don't wait too long.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/16/2012
    Armen Kiramijyan | Armen Kiramijyan
    A bench warrant is issued when the accused fails to appear on a court appearance date, which the accused previously, by signing the citation or otherwise, promised to appear on. This is a charge called failure to appear, which is often a misdemeanor. As such, for committing this misdemeanor the judge (the "bench") may issue a warrant for your arrest, thus called a bench warrant. In order to correct or mitigate the situation, you need to appear in front of the judge as soon as possible. You should request a court date from the clerk by writing a letter or appearing in person. Justify your request with the bench warrant for failing to appear. It is always a good idea to go to court by choice rather than by force. Whatever your reason for failing to appear is, the court is your opportunity to plead your case. However, make sure you have a good reason and are there to make it right. There is no cost efficient way to get around going to court. Judges encourage it for an efficient resolution. An attorney may appear on your behalf and present your case. The judges often prefer to be in the company of their peers because they speak the same language.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/16/2012
    Law Office of Bernal Peter Ojeda | Bernal Peter Ojeda
    Go to the court clerk tyraffice window early 8:30 a.m. tell then you have a warrant they will pull your case and send it to the court. In court you will need to explain to the Judge want happened.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/16/2012
    Grant & Grant
    Grant & Grant | Richard L. Grant, Esq.
    It would be best to hire an attorney to have the warrant recalled and have the case reset for arraignment and trial.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/16/2012
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