Arrest & Bench Warrants in San Diego
Work with a San Diego Criminal Warrants Lawyer
In California, the court can issue a bench or arrest warrant for a number
of different reasons. In some cases, the party of interest may not even
know that a warrant has been issued. This can turn a simple traffic stop
into a trip to jail, so it is imperative that you consult with a
San Diego criminal attorney from JD Law immediately if you believe that someone has issued a warrant
with your name on it.
Do not avoid securing the legal guidance that you will need. Appearing
before the judge without legal counsel may not be a successful approach,
as most are hesitant to believe an excuse that they have heard a thousand
times over. Innocence can only be effectively established by a person
familiar with San Diego courts, criminal law, and police practices. Attorney
Jim Dicks, as a former police officer, has the seasoned experience, specialized
knowledge, and aggressive approach you’ll need.
An arrest warrant is issued and given to the police, ordering the arrest
and detention of the person named in the warrant. They are usually issued
after indictment by a grand jury or when a law enforcement agency has
reasonable cause to suspect a person of committing a crime.
When there is an arrest warrant out for your arrest, you are immediately
liable to be arrested wherever you are, at any time an officer either
notices you or finds you. This includes your home or workplace—essentially,
law enforcement has the right to detain you under
Remember that warrants are not the same as
charges—being arrested only means you are a possible suspect. Even if the
evidence looks stacked against you, you will always have the right to
a criminal attorney. However, an arrest warrant means charges are likely
to be filed unless you begin responding with a strong defense. If you
have an outstanding arrest warrant, hiding will not solve the issue—you need to
call a criminal lawyer as soon as possible.
What is a Bench Warrant?
A bench warrant is the most common form of warrant in California. Bench
warrants are issued when a person fails to appear in court for a mandatory
appearance. Bench warrants also allow for the immediate arrest of a person.
Possible consequences for a bench warrant include:
- Arrest if you are pulled over
- Possible jail time after arrest
- Licenses suspension
- DMV fines to life suspension
- Potential denial of bail
While intimidating, bench warrants are simply the legal way for a judge
to enforce a person’s appearance before the judge’s bench
(ergo, the name). That is no reason to ignore them, however—your
arrest would be a very real and potentially permanent addition to your
record. The warrant could also include heavy fines. When you have a criminal
defense attorney at your side who understands the legal process from multiple
angles, there’s no reason to panic.
Whether you have a bench or arrest warrant out in your name, it is essential
that you contact a qualified criminal lawyer from JD Law who can help
you avoid additional penalties and charges.
Why Should You Work with a Seasoned Criminal Lawyer?
By working with an experienced warrant attorney, you may be able to have
your warrant revoked and avoid having to go into custody at all. A legal
professional will know what is needed by the court and may be able to
convince the judge to release you on your own recognizance or for a reasonable bail.
At our firm, we are prepared to represent clients thanks to our:
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney James N. Dicks is dedicated to providing
his clients with personal attention. His desire for a positive outcome
for each client's individual warrant situation has driven him to success
and has built his stellar reputation in the San Diego legal community.
Call our San Diego criminal defense lawyer today for insight counsel and representation!
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