The Law Office of B. Elaine Jones | B. Elaine Jones
A bench warrant is when the Judge announces that he is issuing a warrant from the bench. It is most often done because of not appearing for Court when required. The best option for you now is to obtain a lawyer and get them to file a Motion to Recall the warrant, set a hearing and turn yourself in. Most likely, depending on what the original charge was, the Court will have you processed, set a bond and release you. If your case is in the Tampa Bay area and you would like further consultation, please contact me at the email address or telephone number attached to this response.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Natty Shafer Law | Nathaniel Shafer
It means you could be arrested any time you encounter a police officer. Many judges will withdraw the bench warrant if you appear in court. If you are at all worried, hire a lawyer to help you get the bench warrant withdrawn.
Answer Applies to: Utah
Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
You should turn yourself into the court as soon as possible, before the authorities come and arrest you.Ask the judge to recall the warrant and vacate the bond forfeiture. Depending on the nature of the case, your background, and reason for missing the court date, the judge may grant your request, or take you into custody until you post new bail.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Law Office of Michael E. Dailey | Michael E. Dailey
It is a warrant for arrest ordered by a judge while on the bench when there is a non appearance by the defendant on a scheduled court date. You can post a bond and get a new court date or get a lawyer to try to get the warrant set aside and set a new date.
Answer Applies to: Missouri
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
That means you have a warrant for your arrest and you will be taken into custody if the police find you. Failing to appear at a required court appearance is contempt of court, especially if you are the defendant in a criminal charge. In some situations, failing to appear may result in a person forfeiting their bond. You'd get a chance to explain what happened to the judge. They essentially arraign the person on the failing to appear. In some situations, such as medical emergencies, etc., the judge won't impose any additional sanctions.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
William L. Welch, III Attorney | William L. Welch, III
You should seek a confidential consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Perhaps there is not a warrant, or perhaps the court might be persuaded to recall the warrant, if your reason for missing your appearance is good enough.
Answer Applies to: Maryland
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
When you miss a court date, the court will issue a bench warrant for your arrest. This warrant allows any law enforcement officer to take you into custody until you are taken to court. Normally you would be in jail for three days. If you have a bench warrant out on you, go to the courthouse that issued the warrant (the one you did not show up to) and ask the clerk to have your case called that day.
Answer Applies to: California
Law Office of Evan E. Zelig | Evan E. Zelig
A bench warrant is a warrant for your arrest issued by the Judge in a case. It is usually issued after a failure to appear in court on your case. If a warrant has been issued you need to clear that up. You should contact an attorney in your area for assistance and they will be able to help you clear up the warrant and handle your criminal case.
Answer Applies to: California