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Arrest Warrants / Bench Warrants

Missing a court date is a serious issue that can become an even larger, more time consuming problem. If you have an outstanding warrant, you can be arrested at any time or place. If you are involved in a minor traffic stop and the police officer notices the warrant, he or she could arrest you at that moment.

Although missing your court date can happen as a result of a misunderstanding or things out of your control, it is important the situation is resolved as soon as possible. The longer the warrant is active the more time you appear to be avoiding the law.

Don’t wait to resolve your warrant through an arrest. Depending on your situation, you may not have to spend time in jail to resolve the warrant. A criminal defense attorney can help you get peace of mind and straighten out your situation. It is important you act soon after you are aware of the warrant.

West Palm Beach Attorney to Resolve Warrants

A warrant could have long-term impacts on your life and may affect your relationship with the court. If you have a clean criminal record, do not let a warrant portray you as an irresponsible citizen. If you have a warrant for your arrest, contact Palm Beach County failure to appear attorney Andrew D. Stine, P.A..

Stine has more than 10 years experience defending the rights of those facing criminal charges in South Florida. He is determined to get a favorable outcome in each case, which would mean avoiding jail time. Call 561.880.4300 to discuss your warrant. Stine represents clients throughout Palm Beach County.


Information About Warrants in Florida


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Types of Warrants in Florida

There are different types of warrants, and they vary depending on the type of offense a person is accused of committing. Bench warrants typically are issued for failure to appear in court for minor violations and misdemeanors, such as traffic offenses, petit theft and shoplifting. Although the warrant may seem insignificant, you still could be arrested.

Police typically do not seek out those who have bench warrants; however, you still can be arrested if you are stopped for a traffic violation. If a police officer sees you have a warrant, even if it is a bench warrant, he or she could arrest you. You likely would be able to post bond quickly and be released until your new court date.

However, if you fail to appear in court for felony charges, the judge can issue a felony warrant, known as alias capias. Police officers often pursue these warrants because they are issued for crimes that pose more of a threat, such as battery.

A felony warrant is more serious because you can be arrested at any time, just like a bench warrant, but getting out of jail likely will be harder. The bond may be increased and it may be difficult to pay. Therefore, you would have to stay in jail.

A skilled criminal defense attorney could help you navigate the lengthy legal process when dealing with warrants. It is important you know your rights and what you must do to resolve the situation. An attorney may be able to prevent you from spending any time in jail.


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Consequences of an Active Warrant in Palm Beach County

Bench warrants and arrest warrants can show up when police officers run your information, no matter where you are in the country. If you have a warrant in California and travel to Florida, if you are stopped for a routine traffic violation and the police officer discovers the warrant, he or she could arrest you.

You do not have to be in the respective state to face the consequences. Once arrested, you will be placed in jail and forced to wait until you are able to talk to a judge. You can be arrested while on vacation, a business trip or on weekday.

It is important you clear up your situation with the law and avoid an arrest. An attorney may be able to represent you in the proceedings and could prevent you from even having to attend court. An experienced Palm Beach County lawyer can negotiate to get the most favorable outcome in your case.


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Andrew Stine | West Palm Beach Failure to Appear Lawyer

If you have a warrant for your arrest and need help resolving your situation, contact experienced criminal defense attorney Andrew D. Stine, P.A.. Stine has a one-on-one relationship with his clients, and he keeps their needs in mind when representing them. Call 561.880.4300 to schedule a free case evaluation.