Warrants are essentially court orders that allow law enforcement to take an action that they wouldn’t ordinarily be able to take without court approval.
- Search Warrants
- Search Warrants may be issued when law enforcement provides a judge with information amounting to probable cause supporting a basis to search a location for potential evidence, and will allow law enforcement to then seize any items that are lawfully covered by the search warrant. A search warrant is not valid unless it is approved and issued by a judge or justice of the peace. In some cases, the validity of a search warrant may be challenged in a motion to suppress so that the prosecution will not be able to use illegally seized evidence. If you have been served with a search warrant, it is a good idea to contact an attorney because it is possible that charges may be filed.
- Arrest Warrants
- Arrest warrants are issued when law enforcement requests charges be filed in a case, but the individual being charged was not available to be arrested at the scene of the alleged crime. An arrest warrant must be approved and issued by a judge or justice of the peace, and it will allow law enforcement to arrest the individual and book him or her on charges. Alternatively, the Court may issue a Summons, which is a notification to appear in court on the case rather than be booked into custody.
- Bench Warrants
- Bench warrants for arrest are issued by the Court when someone fails to appear (or have an attorney appear on their behalf) for a scheduled court date. Bench warrants can also be issued when someone fails to make required payments on traffic fines. They can be issued with or without bail, meaning that if the person is arrested on the warrant, the judge will have ordered whether the person will be able to bail out or will have a no-bail hold and have to appear in court before being released.
If you have a warrant with your name on it, contact our office immediately to set up a free consultation.
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