Why Is There a Warrant Out for My Arrest?
Be Prepared to Handle Your Orange County Arrest Warrant
Discovering that there is a warrant out for your arrest can be immensely
intimidating and stressful, and it brings numerous questions and concerns
regarding your future. Most importantly, however, you need to know what
prompted the warrant and what you should do next. At The Law Office of
Barney B. Gibbs, we want to help ensure that you understand your position
and your options.
Our primary Anaheim criminal attorney has dedicated his profession to
criminal defense for more than 30 years. In this time, he has represented clients in more
than 2,500 cases and seen numerous arrest warrants. His experience has
helped him develop an extensive knowledge of the warrant process and how
to handle them. When you come to our firm, you can be confident that your
case is in good hands.
What constitutes an arrest warrant?
An arrest warrant is an official court order issued by a judge that authorizes
law enforcement to arrest an individual on site. In order for a judge
to grant an arrest warrant, there must be probable cause. Thus, it is
first essential to establish the definition of probable cause and how
it can apply to you. By law, police offers are required to have a legitimate
reason to suspect someone of committing a criminal offense in order to
Probable cause can work for or against you, as it is generally an abstract
concept with no concrete, numerical value. A police officer simply needs
enough information to convince a judge that it is possible that you, specifically,
are guilty of the offense, but it does not need to be proven beyond a
reasonable doubt. Ultimately, judges have the final say on what qualifies
as probable cause and, without a formula, it will typically be a subjective decision.
Arrest Warrants vs. Bench Warrants
One of the most common forms of a warrant is actually known as a
bench warrant. These mean that the court had a case against you and you failed to appear
at the hearing or trial. Missing your court date will likely lead to a
"no bail" warrant, which means that no bail will be set for
your release after arrest to ensure that you appear before the court.
An arrest warrant typically results from a police officer or other member
of law enforcement receiving information, or "tips," regarding
criminal activity. They may also have observed criminal behavior directly,
or discovered information through the investigation of a crime that led
to you. Arrest warrants typically list a bail amount so that you don't
have to wait in jail until your hearing. However, if you fail to appear
at your hearing, an additional bench warrant will be issued.
What should you do next?
If a warrant is out for your arrest, there is still hope. A criminal arrest
warrant only means that you are being accused of criminal activity –
you are innocent until proven guilty. The best way to handle an arrest warrant is to appear in court as required,
with competent, experienced legal counsel at your side who can build an
aggressive and effective defense.
At The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs, our Anaheim criminal attorneys will
help you understand the circumstances surrounding your warrant and will
help you prepare your defense against the charges you face. Don't
be intimidated by an arrest warrant; be prepared. Our team of legal professionals
are ready to fight for you.
Discuss your options in a
free case evaluation, schedule it online or
by phone today!