A bench warrant is a warrant issued by a County Court judge for failure to appear in court on a misdemeanor or criminal traffic charge, such as DUI, driving while license suspended (DWLS), reckless driving, and leaving the scene of an accident (LSA).
Posted By Eric Matheny
Unlike felony warrants, a County Court judge in Miami-Dade or Broward will set a bond amount for the bench warrant. This means that if you are arrested by police, or you turn yourself in on the warrant, the judge can have you taken into custody and made to post another bond.
Sometimes, bench warrants are entered and the accused doesn't even know it exists until years later, or maybe after they have moved to another state. If the accused is trying to apply for citizenship or social security benefits, they made be denied if they have this outstanding warrant in Florida.
Additionally, having a bench warrant in the system means that a simple traffic stop can result in your physical arrest.
Many times, a skilled South Florida criminal defense attorney can file a motion asking the Court to set aside the bench warrant, permitting the accused to continue in the defense of their case without having to post another bond. If the accused lives out of state, hiring a criminal defense attorney with bench warrant experience in the Miami and Broward courts is helpful. This may prevent the accused from having to physically travel to Florida.
Bench warrants can be terribly inconvenient, and may also result in your arrest. Don't take chances if you have an active warrant. It will more than likely come back to haunt you if you leave it alone.
I handle bench warrant cases in both Miami-Dade and Broward County. Call me today if I can be of assistance.