Bench Warrants in Arizona

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Has a bench warrant been issued for your arrest? It's easy - and understandable - to feel overwhelmed in your position. Your freedom and your future could be on the line. You need experienced legal counsel to cut through that confusion. Contact Brown, Naegle, Crider & Jensen LLC right away.

Arizona criminal defense attorney Charlie Naegle understands the laws and protocols surrounding bench warrants. With wise legal counsel and tenacious representation, you'll be able to fight for the best possible outcome.

What Is a Bench Warrant?

A bench warrant is an arrest warrant that a judge issues against either a defendant in a criminal case or a person involved in a similar administrative proceeding, such as a traffic ticket, in the event that they should fail to appear in court as instructed. While serious criminal cases will usually involve a "regular" arrest warrant, which involves immediate police action to locate and arrest a defendant, bench warrants usually do not mean that the police will show up at a defendant's door the following morning. Instead, the defendant's name and identifying information will be added to a statewide database accessible by all law enforcement personnel.

If the defendant should become involved with the police in any capacity, such as a traffic stop or a car accident, the police will take them into custody. Defendants with bench warrants may not be released until they are able to post bond - usually at a much higher amount than the first time - or until they appear before a judge.

Bench warrants can result from any of the following:

  • Your bail bondsman failed to notify you of your court date
  • The court sent your court summons to the wrong address
  • The court failed to notify your attorney of your court date

Get a skilled, tenacious attorney on your side

Failure to appear charges and bench warrants are often the result of a simple mistake - usually on the part of someone other than the defendant. Unfortunately, these mistakes can end up making a defendant's situation far worse. You need a lawyer with significant criminal defense experience on your side to take control of the situation.

If a bench warrant has been issued for your arrest, it's time to act. We'll go to work to make sure your rights and your freedom are protected. Contact us online or call 480-378-9000 right now.

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