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LEARN THE STEP BY STEP PROCESS TO GET RID OF YOUR BENCH WARRANT ONCE AND FOR ALL

The unbelievable thing about bench warrants in Los Angeles is how easy they are to get rid of with the right approach.  First, just by showing up with your attorney the bench warrant will be automatically be quashed and gone.  Then what is left to deal with is what will be the ramifications for the bench warrant being issued in the first place.  When I meet with clients, one of the first things we discuss is why there is bench warrant in the first place and what we can do to make things rights.  In other words, the court will be looking to do the fair and just thing related to why the bench warrant was issued in the first place and where you stand as a person in society today.

If you are doing great, have a good job, a family and are leading a law abiding life, then you are well on your way to being given a break and an opportunity to move past your bench warrant.  So one of the big things to address in a bench warrant situation is why the warrant was issued and what we can do to make it right.  Therefore, we need to come in with a plan of exactly what we will agree to in order to make things right.  If the plan is reasonable, then in my experience, the judges in Los Angeles County will consider it.  However, if you received a 90 day jail sentence and you ran away for 4 years, it is unreasonable to think that the judge will just get rid of the 90 days because you have been a fugitive for 4 years.  On the other hand, there is a chance that if you make a strong case for rehabilitation that the judge will not add time to the 90 days (which is definitely something judges do all the time as extra punishment for being gone so long).  Being able to show no new arrests and the fact that you have a good job and a family would certainly be strong factors working in your favor to avoid a more severe sentence than you originally received.

LEARN SOME OF THE REASONS BENCH WARRANTS ARE ISSUED AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO HELP

There are a number of different reasons that judges issue bench warrants.  And there is a difference between an arrest and a bench warrant.  Judge issue bench warrants and the police will typically place an arrest warrant in the system.  One reason a bench warrant would be issued is because a defendant violated a term or condition of his or her probation.  There are internal and external probation violations that can trigger a bench warrant for your arrest to be issued.  An internal probation violation relates to you violating one of the terms of the probation that were put in place at the time of your sentencing.  For example, if the judge told you that you could not drink during the probationary period and the police find you driving your car drunk, that would be an internal probation violation and would trigger a bench warrant to be issued for your arrest once the court found out about it.  An external probation violation relates to you violating a law while you are on probation.  For example, in the scenario above, if the police catch you drunk driving and a new case is filed against you, then this would be an external probation violation because you violated the condition of every probationary sentence, which is to obey all laws.

Other examples of when a bench warrant will be issued center around if you miss a court date that the authorities can prove that you knew about or if a new criminal case is filed against you and the police can not find you to arrest you, then they can go to the prosecutors or the court and have them issue a warrant for your arrest.  It is never a good idea to just ignore a bench warrant.  The longer amount of time that passes, the more likely the judge will punish you harshly when they get their hands on you.  If you go in with an attorney and a plan of how you will make things right, you have the best chance to receive a lenient sentence.  Make the call now and we will begin the process of putting your bench warrant behind you!

Los Angeles Bench Warrant Attorney

Is there a bench warrant that has been issued for your immediate arrest? If so, it is very important that you retain a criminal defense attorney that can properly defend your rights as soon as possible.

At the Hedding Law Firm. we have handled many bench warrant cases over the years with very satisfactory results. In California, a bench warrant is a court order from a judge asking for your immediate arrest for failure to follow court-ordered rules. It may be issued for a variety of reasons, some of which may include the failure to perform any of the following as ordered by the court:

  • Failure to pay a fine
  • Failure to pay restitution
  • Failure to pay child support
  • Failure to allow visitation
  • Failure to appear for a court ordered hearing
  • Failure to appear for a subpoena
  • Failure to appear after an indictment
  • Failure to appear to show progress or completion of community service
  • Failure to attend a DUI Class
  • Failure to appear for a citation given by a police officer
  • Failure to appear after being released from custody and promising to appear
  • Failure to appear for sentencing or conviction after trial or plea

Both state and federal court can issue a bench warrant for your immediate arrest by law enforcement, no questions asked. Once arrested, you would then need to attend a hearing in order to determine what penalties you should receive.

In the state of California, a bench warrant can result in time behind bars, fines, driver’s license suspension, community service and probation. In order to protect your rights it is critical that you hire a qualified Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer immediately. An experienced attorney can negotiate on your behalf to have the bench warrant canceled so that you can be given a second chance.

As your Los Angeles Warrants Attorney we may be able to quash and recall the warrant without your presence unless the warrant arose out of a felony then your presence is required. Either way, our Bench Warrant Attorneys will do everything we can to get your warrant cleared.

Board-Certified Criminal Defense Lawyers

We have been practicing law in California for a combined total of 75 years. We are well-established within the legal community and have earned the respect of numerous colleagues. If there is a bench warrant issued for your arrest, you should call our firm immediately. We will meet with you and not only protect your rights but we will, in most cases, be able to maintain your freedom.

Questions regarding bench warrants in California? Contact us today!

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