A bench warrant, like an arrest warrant, authorizes a police officer to detain you. An officer could bring you to jail right away upon detaining you, forcing you to post bail or else wait hours or even days before you are able to see a judge. A good defense attorney can help you determine what to do if there is a bench warrant with your name on it.
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A bench warrant, like an arrest warrant, authorizes a police officer to detain you. An officer could bring you to jail right away upon detaining you, forcing you to post bail or else wait hours or even days before you are able to see a judge. A good attorney can help you determine what to do if there is a bench warrant with your name on it.
WHY HAS A BENCH WARRANT BEEN FILED?
In the state of Utah, bench warrants are typically issued when a case has first been filed in court or in cases in which an individual has failed to follow a court order. Addressing the warrant usually means appearing in court and convincing the judge that there is little need for a bench warrant.
If you find out you have an outstanding warrant, you may have a few options:
- Schedule a court date and ask to have the warrant recalled
- Convince the judge that you are not a flight risk, a risk to the community, and that you will appear at all court dates.
- Explain why you may have previously missed court and why this will not be a concern for the judge moving forward.
- Illustrate that you have complied with the terms of your probation by showing relevant documentation.
Find a Lawyer When You Have a Warrant
You never know how your actions can affect you in court. As soon as you become aware that you have become the subject of a warrant, you should contact a Salt Lake City lawyer from our criminal defense team who can advise you as to the best course of action to take. If the judge does not recall the warrant, you may need to post bail for the full amount of the warrant.
When you call True West Legal, we can help you find out whether or not there is a warrant for your arrest in the state. The warrant could be for something small, but it is important to get it taken care of to avoid compounding problems later on or having police officers show up at your home or place of work. At our Salt Lake City criminal defense law office, we understand how to protect our clients and how to deal with arrest warrants in ways that could save you a great deal of time, trouble, and money.
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