Bench & Arrest Warrants

Recalling and Quashing Warrants in California

The fear of being arrested for an outstanding warrant is an overwhelming and frightening experience.  Dodging and evading a warrant can be stressful.  It can take a toll on the defendant and ultimately lead to more severe consequences than if the defendant had voluntarily went to court and appeared before the judge.  But what can happen in court?

That’s why you need DCS Defense.  We have the knowledge, skill, and confidence to help recall and clear your warrant.  If you find out there is an arrest warrant or you suspect there may be a bench warrant for you, call us immediately to schedule a no-cost confidential consultation to discuss your legal options.  The bottom line is this:  If there is an outstanding warrant out for your arrest, especially in Los Angeles County, there are few officers, if any, who would ignore the order to arrest you and take you to jail.

Arrest Warrants in California

An Arrest Warrant is a formal document authorizing and directing law enforcement officers to arrest an individual.  It is issued by a judge upon a showing of probable cause that a crime has been committed and that the individual in question (person named in the arrest warrant) committed the crime.  In most situations, people are not aware that an arrest warrant exists until the police arrest them.

Arrest Warrants are based on sworn declarations by a police officer, District Attorney, or witness stating facts that establish a crime specified in the warrant.  The facts contained in the declaration must establish probable cause to believe a crime has been committed.  A judge reviews the declaration and must find probable cause that the offense described in the declaration was in fact committed by the defendant before issuing the warrant.

Bench Warrants in California

A Bench Warrant is an order by a judge from the bench, directing that an individual (defendant) be brought before the court for failing to appear in person for the following reasons:

  • Failure to appear as ordered by the judge
  • Failure to appear after an Indictment or Information was filed and where the Superior Court has fixed a date and place for your appearance
  • Failure to appear in court as ordered after posting bail
  • Failure to appear in court after being released from custody on a promise to appear (Own Recognizance – without posting bail)
  • Failure to appear in court after your attorney and the judge orders your personal appearance
  • Failure to appear after being issued a citation by a police officer
  • Failure to pay a fine or restitution as ordered by the court
  • Failure to appear in court after being served a subpoena
  • Failure to appear for a progress report or sentencing, and
  • Failure to otherwise abide by conditions of probation, such as house arrest, community service, stay-away orders, timely completion of a drug, alcohol, or anger management program.

Let Us Do the Talking

If you believe there is an outstanding Arrest Warrant or Bench Warrant for you in California, you are at risk of being arrested by the police and brought to jail or court at any time. Although you do not need an attorney to assist you with your warrant, you are at a huge disadvantage if you represent yourself.  An experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney from DCS Defense can help by:

  • Recalling your warrant and, in many cases, avoid going to jail.
  • Knowing exactly what documents and information are needed for a favorable and speedy resolution.
  • Knowing how to explain to the judge the reasons for the warrant.
  • Convincing the court to release you on your own recognizance (O.R. Release, which is your promise to return to court), without posting bail.
  • Arguing for a reasonable bail and arrange for the bail bondsman to be present in court (if bail is required).

If you have an outstanding Arrest Warrant or Bench Warrant, you can be arrested without being notified of the warrant.  Do not attempt to go yourself and talk to the judge.  The judge has heard every excuse and will likely not have the patience or desire to listen to you.  Let Damian Siwek, an experienced Los Angeles Criminal Defense attorney from DCS Defense assist you in handling your Bench Warrant or Arrest Warrant matter.

For aggressive and effective representation in removing bench and arrest warrants, including a free confidential consultation, contact Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Damian Siwek at DCS Defense.