A bench or arrest warrant is really an order from a court to a law enforcement agency. It means, in essence: “Go get this person and bring them to me.” Most warrants are a product of a problem in a case, such as a missed court date, or failed drug test.
|Once a court issues a warrant, there are a few different ways to satisfy the court’s order that the Defendant show up in court. |
The best way to get a warrant problem solved is to get the warrant “Recalled” by the court with jail or payment of bail. That means brought back from the Sheriff’s Office – returned – deleted.
Warrants can also be satisfied when they are “served” by the Sheriff’s Department – but that is never a good option. It is way better for a defendant with a warrant to get the court to recall it before the Sheriff’s serve it.
When a warrant is “served” that means that a law enforcement officer has given the person notice of the warrant, and has brought them to court via jail. (In some very minor cases a warrant can be “Served” when an officer issues a new “Promise to Appear” that the defendant signs).
Most warrants can also be satisfied through a “Bond” – or in other words – a warrant’s order for a court appearance on a certain date can be secured by a Payment of Bail to the court as a deposit. Usually this means the defendant posts a cash “bond” with the court and sets a new court date instead of going to jail.
Bottom Line? – if you have a pending bench or arrest warrant – your #1 goal should be to get into court or send an attorney to court for you to ask for a Recall of the Warrant without jail, without bail. Once the warrant is recalled, you have to deal with the problem in the case that caused the warrant.