What to Do If a Judge Orders a Bench Warrant Against You
Hearing that a bench warrant has been issued against you can be terrifying. You may not even realize that you missed a court date or failed to complete a court order. The good news is that bench warrants can usually be cleared or “quashed” by a skillful attorney.
At the Law Offices of Garrett T. Ogata, we represent individuals who are facing criminal charges or have had warrants issued for their arrest. Our lawyers understand that this can be a challenging time in your life. We are here to help. Let us investigate your case and determine your legal options. If you had a bench warrant issued in Nevada, contact our office at (702) 366-0891 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
What Is a Bench Warrant?
A bench warrant is a warrant that is issued by a judge or magistrate when a person has failed to comply with court orders. If a bench warrant is issued, you need to consult with a highly trained criminal defense lawyer.
Reasons a bench warrant may be issued:
- Failure to appear in court
- Failure to complete a court order
While it is imperative to always show up at all mandatory court hearings, mistakes can happen. You may not have realized that the appearance was required or that your presence was necessary. You may not have even known there was a court date. Regardless of the circumstances, it is in your best interest to consult with an attorney before appearing in court after a bench warrant has been issued.
What Will Happen If I Have a Bench Warrant?
If a bench warrant is issued and not recalled or quashed, you can be taken into custody. Many times people become aware that they have a warrant out during a routine traffic stop. The officer pulls them over for a traffic offense, runs their driver’s license, and places them under arrest when they see that there is an active warrant.
As you can imagine, this is not the way you want to find out if you have a warrant issued for your arrest. Contacting an attorney as early as possible can help you avoid being taken into custody without warning.
How Can I Get a Bench Warrant Cleared?
The easiest way to get a bench warrant cleared or recalled is by hiring an attorney. A lawyer can determine if there is an active warrant and what it is for. They can then file a motion to get the bench warrant cleared or quashed. In many cases, the attorney you retain can appear on your behalf at the hearing. However, in some instances, you may be required to appear and must comply or face additional consequences through the criminal court system.
At the Law Offices of Garrett T. Ogata, we have extensive experience representing individuals who have a bench warrant issued for their arrest. We can help you understand your rights and work to get the warrant recalled so that you do not have to worry about being taken into custody.
Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney in Nevada
Have you had a bench warrant issued in Nevada? Contact our office at (702) 366-0891 to discuss your case with an attorney. All consultations are free and without obligation to retain our services. When your freedom is on the line, you need an attorney you can trust. Call our office now to discuss how we can help!