California Warrants FAQs – California Criminal Lawyers
Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions Pertaining to California Warrants
If you or a loved is currently dealing with California warrants, you need to contact one of our experienced attorneys in order to provide you with the legal guidance needed during this difficult time.
What happens if I post bail, but fail to appear on the scheduled court date?
If you fail to appear on the scheduled court date, the judge may forfeit your bail and issue a bench warrant for your arrest. If you used a bail bondsman and the court forfeits your bail the bail bondsman will likely do all in his power to locate you and arrest you. If he fails to bring you to court within 180 days of when the court issues the warrant for your arrest for failure to appear he will be required to pay the court the full amount of the bail bond.
This is why bondsmen often hire “bounty hunters” to locate those that fail to appear in court. You do not want this to happen to you.
What factors will the judge consider in deciding whether or not I should be taken into custody if I am arrested on a warrant?
A judge has the option to either release you on your own recognizance, or take you into custody depending on several factors, including: your criminal history, the reason(s) for which the warrant was issued and whether or not you are likely to flee to avoid prosecution (flight risk).
If I have a warrant out for my arrest, can I fight it before I am arrested?
Yes. It is highly recommended that you voluntarily appear at court with an attorney to clear your bench warrant before you get “picked up” by the police.
Can the court issue a bench warrant for my arrest if I fail to pay child support or spousal support?
Yes. A bench warrant may be issued if you fail to obey a court order, including failure to pay child support or spousal support.
Can the court issue a bench warrant for my arrest if I fail to appear on a jury summons?
Yes. Failure to report for jury duty qualifies as contempt of court. If you fail to make a court appearance, even if it is for jury duty, the judge may issue a bench warrant for your arrest.
Where can I find the best California criminal defense attorney to represent me?
If you have a warrant out for your arrest, it is important that you contact an attorney at Wallin & Klarich immediately. Our attorneys may be able to get your bail reduced and help you to avoid spending time in jail. We may be able to have your bench warrant recalled without you ever having to appear in court.
With offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, West Covina and Victorville, the California criminal defense lawyers at Wallin & Klarich have successfully represented clients for over 30 years. We have the knowledge and experience to help you to resolve your outstanding warrant and help you win your case.
Call (877) 466-5245 today for a free consultation. We will be there when you call.