Many people are walking or driving around the Phoenix area with warrants for their arrest and they are not even aware of it. On many occasions, I have received telephone calls from individuals who have learned they have an arrest warrant after completing a background check for a new job or apartment, being stopped by the police, receiving a letter in the mail or having an officer come to their home.
Arrest warrants can be issued in both misdemeanor and felony cases for a variety of reasons. These include not receiving a summons, failing to appear in court as required or not complying with the terms of a sentence following a conviction. Additionally, some people are subject to a grand jury indictment which remains "secret" or unsealed until it is served (meaning your arrested) or can be the focus of a complaint filed by the prosecutor. If the court is unable to serve the complaint on you because you have moved or have failed to sign for a certified letter, a warrant for your arrest will ultimately be issued.
When the court issues a warrant, they will normally set a bond. This means that if you are arrested on the outstanding warrant, you must pay a certain amount of money before being released from jail. Obviously, remaining in jail because of a warrant could cause tremendous difficulties with personal responsibilities at home and work.
There are a number of steps which can be taken after you learn a warrant has been issued for your arrest. One option is to appear at the court and attempt to post the required bond amount. Doing this alone is risky however as you can still be taken into custody for the purpose of being processed, i.e. fingerprinted and photographed, before being released. Undoubtedly, the better option is to contact a local and experienced criminal defense attorney who can navigate you through the process and work to quickly quash the bench warrant. An attorney can file paperwork with the court requesting the the warrant be quashed and have a court appearance scheduled, can accompany or "walk" you into the court to quash the warrant or can contact the court and quickly schedule a hearing to quash the warrant. During the last twenty years, I have used all of these methods to successfully address both felony and misdemeanor arrest warrants for people throughout the greater Phoenix area.
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