Do you have an Outstanding Bench Warrant, Arrest Warrant, or a Missed Court Date?
If you have a warrant out for your arrest, here’s what you should do and how we can help by scheduling a walk-through.
If a warrant has been issued against you or you have missed a court hearing that you were ordered to attend, the most important thing to do is take action immediately. When you didn’t show up, the judge may have issued a bench warrant for your arrest. This means that the police can take you into custody at any time – at a routine traffic stop, at your home or office, or when you appear at court on another matter. If you do not address the warrant, you will have to worry constantly that you may suddenly be taken to jail. A walk-through is when someone knows they have a warrant for their arrest and they make advanced arrangements for a bond before they are arrested. No one wants to be arrested in front of coworkers or friends or family, so it is a method of turning yourself in (and immediately bonding out) prior to that happening. This can be done by contacting us and scheduling an appointment for a walk-through on your time.
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Why Are Warrants Issued?
Courts issue warrants for various reasons.
- Bench warrant. A bench warrant is a warrant directing law enforcement to take a person into custody and bring the person before the court to address the reason the warrant was issued. Courts most commonly issue bench warrants for failure to appear, for violating probation, or for failure to comply with a court order to pay a fine, complete community service, pay child support, or do some other act. If you are picked up on a warrant, you could be held in jail until the court has a hearing on your case, or you could be required to post a high bond and pay court fees.
- Arrest warrant. If the police have enough evidence that you committed a crime, an officer or detective can request that the court issue a warrant for your arrest. Once in custody, you can be held without bail until an arraignment, release hearing, or similar proceeding.
- Penalties for Bail Jumping and Failure to Appear. The crime of bail jumping or failure to appear is a misdemeanor or a felony in Texas, depending on the underlying crime with which the defendant was charged.
- If the defendant is charged with failure to appear for court in a case involving a crime punishable only by a fine, the failure to appear is a Class C misdemeanor.
- If the underlying crime is a misdemeanor and the possible punishment includes a jail sentence, the failure to appear is a Class A misdemeanor, which is a more serious misdemeanor in Texas.
- Finally, if the underlying offense for which the defendant is required to appear in court is a felony, the failure to appear is a third degree felony. If you believe you have a warrant you can visit this link to check or submit your info or give us a call or text at 325-659-2663