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Posted by David Jones on Oct 24, 2013


There are two different types of Warrants issued through the Criminal Court System. Law enforcement will generally issue an “Arrest Warrant” which is a written order commanding a law enforcement agency to arrest and/or detain an individual, or allows the search and seizure of one's property. A ”Bench Warrant” is an order by the court "from the bench" issued by a Judge to arrest a person and bring them before the court.

A person may have a warrant out for his/her arrest for a number of reasons such as a criminal complaint being filed against the person by the District Attorney's Office, a failure to appear in court, a probation violation, a failure to obey court order(s), and others.

Most warrants are issued for Failure to Appear (FTA) in court and Probation Violations (VOP).  Many individuals that have been convicted of a criminal offense and then fail to complete the terms of their sentence/probation can have a warrant issued against them. Also, we see individuals that were cited for a crime or traffic infraction that fail to appear on their scheduled court date for a myriad of reasons, such as fear of what will happen in court, they forget the date or lose their citation or they are simply trying to avoid dealing with the offense.

If you have failed to meet the terms of your probation, one thing that our office may be able to assist you with is a Probation Modification (ProMod), if applicable in your particular case, once the Warrant has been recalled. If your case is a misdemeanor, you may not need to be present when the warrant is recalled. If your case is a felony, you will need to be present when the warrant is recalled.

The longer you wait to resolve an outstanding warrant, the more complicated the process to recall it can be, especially if you are out of state or convicted of a felony.  We may able to keep you from going to jail by appearing with you. By recalling your warrant, our office is asking the court to cancel the order for your arrest. Then we can proceed in resolving your underlying issue with the most favorable outcome possible.

Contact our office for a free confidential consultation.

David Jones

David E. Jones is a Central Valley area DUI and criminal defense attorney who represents those accused of DUI and other crimes in both state and federal court. Mr. Jones has practiced criminal law throughout Fresno, Madera, Kings and Tulare counties since 1996. Mr. Jones was a Deputy District Attorney for Fresno County 12 years and has been an instructor for the Police Academy for over 10 years. He is an experienced and respected trial attorney.

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