A bench warrant is also an order issued by a judge, authorizing your immediate arrest. Bench warrants are typically issued when a person fails to meet a court requirement. For example:
- Failing to appear in court on a scheduled court date
- Failing to complete community service by a scheduled date
- Failing to pay a fine on time
- Failing to satisfy any other condition of sentencing
Ignoring a bench warrant is not advisable, as there can be numerous collateral consequences, such as revocation of bail, re-sentencing to jail time, and bail-jumping charges. When the court issues a bench warrant, don’t try to handle the situation on your own. A lawyer can best explain to the court why your release status shouldn’t be changed, or why a more burdensome sentence shouldn’t be imposed. A lawyer can help you prepare for your return to court, by recommending helpful documents or witnesses for you to assemble before the court appearance.
As your warrant lawyer in New York City, I ensure that your rights are protected. We plan for your return to court, and we implement that plan when we ask the court to vacate the warrant. When you face trouble with the law, I’m your trusted advocate, helping you resolve your legal issues.