Why Hire Robert Dodell to Help With Your Warrant?

A warrant is a court order which provides the legal authority for law enforcement to make an arrest. There are essentially two types of warrants, an arrest warrant and a bench warrant.

An arrest warrant is issued by a judge on behalf of the state, which authorizes the arrest and detention of an individual. Such a warrant must contain an adequate showing of probable cause, issued by a neutral and detached judge. The warrant is based upon a police affidavit and it describes the person to be arrested. This warrant remains outstandingly indefinitely or until the defendant takes care of the warrant through the judicial system.

A bench warrant is issued by the judge in a criminal case when the defendant fails to appear for a scheduled court hearing, fails to pay a fine or comply with release conditions. The bench warrant also remains outstanding indefinitely or until the defendant takes care of the warrant through the criminal justice system.

The main reasons for most failure to appear are:

  • Forgetfulness or fear of the court system;
  • Illness or accident keep you from making the court hearing;
  • The notice was sent to an incorrect address;
  • The defendant moved before the notice was mailed;
  • The defendant believed he completed probation, but failed to appear for a hearing;
  • The defendant did not complete a term of probation;
  • The defendant was not aware that a case has been filed or thought the charges were dismissed.

The warrant is very serious matter. An arrest can take place many years after the issuance of the warrant. There is no expiration dates on an outstanding warrant. A bench warrant has serious consequences. Once arrested, the defendant will be taken before a judge. The judge can order the defendant held on a cash or paper bond, in order to guarantee the appearance at a future court date.

There are a number of options for a defendant before that arrest.

  • Post the bond amount set by the court. The warrant will be quashed and the court will give the defendant a new court date.
  • Appear before the judge. City courts have a “walk-in” docket, where the defendant can go to court on an unscheduled appearance. The court can still require the defendant to post a bond though before the defendant can leave the courtroom. Superior Court warrants are far more complicated and one should have an attorney before appearing in court.
  • Retain a criminal defense attorney: This is the safest and best way to take care of an outstanding warrant.

If you have a warrant for your arrest, contact Robert A. Dodell, Attorney at Law, now. Your freedom, your rights and your future are at stake. It is very important that you speak to an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney who is familiar with such matters. Robert provides individual service when protecting your rights. Contact Robert A. Dodell, Attorney at Law, directly by email or by calling 480-860-4321 now for a free initial consultation.