Do You Need Help With a Warrant Arrest in Tempe?

A warrant of any kind is a serious affair that should absolutely be treated with the utmost gravity. A warrant is an order from the court giving a law enforcement agency to take an individual into custody. There are two main types of warrants. One is an arrest warrant and the other is a bench warrant.

An arrest warrant is typically issued by a judicial officer of the court on behalf of the state. This judicial warrant allows individual to be arrested and detained. These warrants need to contain a showing of probable cause issued by a neutral judicial officer. These warrants are based on police affidavits and describe the person being arrested. These warrants last indefinitely or until the defendant sorts the matter out in the judicial system.

A bench warrant is a similar legal device. This one is issued by a judicial officer in a criminal case wherein a defendant fails to appear for a court hearing. These warrants can also be issued if a defendant does not pay a specified fine or adhere to release conditions. These warrants are also indefinitely outstanding or until the defendant sorts the matter out in the judicial system.

There are a number of reasons people may fail to appear at these hearings.

  • Forgetful or intense fear of the court system.
  • Illnesses and accidents.
  • Notices to appear in court have also been sent to wrong addresses.
  • The Court does not have an individual’s new address.
  • Belief by the defendant that they completed probation, but none the less failed to appear at a hearing.
  • The defendant failed to complete the terms of probation.
  • The defendant was unaware that a case has been even filed in criminal court or thought that the case was dismissed.

Once a person has been arrested, they are taken before a judge. Judges can order a defendant be held on a cash or paper bond. This is typically done in order to ensure the defendant appears at the future date in court.

Before a defendant gets arrested on a warrant, there are a number of options. One option is to posting the bond amount set by the court.  The court warrant will be quashed and a new court date will be set.  Next, the defendant can appear before the court personally.  The defendant can appear on the city courts’ “walk-in” calendar for an unscheduled appearance.  However, the Court may still require a bond to be posted before you can go one your way. Superior Court warrants are even more complicated and one should definitely have an attorney when appearing in those cases.  The third option is the safest.  Hire a criminal defense attorney to take are of that warrant.

Should one get a warrant for their arrest, it is best to contact an attorney.  Contact Robert A. Dodell, Attorney at Law. One’s freedom, rights, and future are at stake. It is essential that one speak to an experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney who understands these matters. Robert provides individual services when protecting his clients’ rights. Contact Robert A. Dodell, Attorney at Law, either by email or by calling 480-860-4321 immediately for a free initial consultation if you have to deal with a criminal defense issue.