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 arrest them.

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!