If you are facing an arrest warrant or bench warrant, it is vital that you understand the difference between the two so that you take the right steps to protect yourself and your freedom. Once you have been issued a warrant, it stays on your permanent record forever, unless you petition for criminal record expungement or sealing.
Continue below to learn more about arrest warrants and bench warrants, as well as how to seal or destroy such criminal records for the sake of your future.
Why Courts Issue Warrants
If a person commits a crime, or is guilty under penalty of law, they are expected to obey their court orders and instruction until they have fulfilled their obligations to the court. If a person who is under court ruling disobeys their rules and regulations, such as failing to appear for a court hearing, or violating their probation orders, they will be issued a warrant for their re-arrest.
When this happens, the local police are notified, the Department of Motor Vehicles is alerted, and online databases are updated to inform the public of the notice. If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you need to turn yourself in to authorities at the local police station; otherwise, you are considered a fugitive of the law.
A person with a warrant out for their arrest can expect to live with a great deal of paranoia. This is because they can be picked up by the police and arrested on the spot at any place. They can be arrested at work, at home, in the gym, and anywhere else they might be noticed or discovered. Having a warrant is a bad, but resolvable situation. A person needs to contact their lawyer and turn themselves into authorities before they get themselves in more trouble.
A bench warrant is another term used for arrest warrant. Specifically, a bench warrant is intended to flag someone for violation, and call them to the judge’s “bench” for sentencing. They are issued when a person fails a court ordered drug test, skips a probation meeting, misses a court date, or commits other similar court violations. Same as any other warrant, it is advised to turn yourself in before your legal situation escalates into something bigger.
If you are facing any kind of warrant, time is of the essence. Act fact and contact a lawyer to help you with a speedy and secure surrender.
Do you have arrests on your criminal record that hold you back from a better life? Contact our Indianapolis Indiana criminal record expungement lawyers to learn how to begin your petition, today. We serve clients all throughout the state, and never charge for initial consultations.
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