Was A Bench Warrant Issued Against You?
If you are charged with a crime anywhere in Maryland, you have certain legal obligations you are expected to meet. If you fail to do so, a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest.
This further complicates your initial charge and increases the possibility of receiving an unfavorable outcome. If you have a bench warrant out for your arrest, consulting a criminal defense attorney now to begin working towards a solution is far more advisable than waiting until you encounter the police unexpectedly. The award-winning attorneys at Maronick Law LLC are always available to discuss your case and help you work toward a better future.
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When Could A Bench Warrant Be Issued?
A bench warrant is a call for your arrest. A judge may issue a bench warrant if you violated rules of the court. For example, you may have committed one of these errors or omissions:
- You failed to show up for a court or sentencing appearance.
- You failed to fully pay child support, fees, fines or other mandatory payments.
- You neglected to perform court-ordered community service.
- You violated any other court order.
How Can A Bench Warrant Be Resolved Without An Arrest?
Normally, a bench warrant remains active until it is canceled or “quashed.” A judge can approve a motion to quash a bench warrant, which will essentially recall the warrant.
Your attorney may submit a motion to quash a bench warrant for your arrest by demonstrating that a notice for you to appear in court was sent to the wrong address, you were ill, you had a family emergency or there was another compelling reason for your apparent violation of court rules.
How Is A Bench Warrant Different From An Arrest Warrant?
An arrest warrant pertains to initial criminal charges against you, such as theft or driving with a revoked driver’s license.
A bench warrant targets your failure to appear in court or another violation of court orders or rules.
How Can A Lawyer Help You When A Judge Has Issued A Bench Warrant In Your Name?
Your attorney can file a motion to quash the bench warrant based on reasons you and they have determined. They can also schedule a new court date for you.
Once you are heading to court, they can prepare to defend you against the underlying charges as well as ensure that the bench warrant has been fully quashed or canceled.
Possible Penalties We Want To Help You Avoid
When a bench warrant is out for your arrest, you may be taken into custody immediately should you come into contact with police, even with something as simple as a routine traffic stop. You will likely be held with or without bail until your court date. Your previous criminal history, your failure to fulfill your legal obligations, and other factors will determine how the court proceedings unfold.
Because of your lack of cooperation with the law, consequences may be more severe than your original charge warranted. One of our lawyers can help analyze the details of your case and determine the best plan of action.
With our wide cross-section of legal specialties, our firm has a deep wealth of knowledge to draw from for your defense. We look forward to joining your team. Call 410-881-4022 or email to schedule your free consultation.
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