A warrant is an order signed by a judge charging an individual with a crime. The warrant will list the crimes that the individual is charged with, and authorize the police to make an arrest. Warrants are also required for the search and seizure of evidence.
A Bench Warrant is the most common type of warrant issued by the court. Bench Warrants are issued for failure to comply with Orders issued by the court, such as:
- Failure to appear in court when scheduled
- Failure to pay fines or perform Community Service
- Failure to appear for a Sentence or Conviction hearing, at the conclusion of a plea or trial
An Arrest Warrant differs from a Bench Warrant, in that the police obtain a formal document signed by a judge requesting a person be arrested for suspicion of committing a crime.. An arrest warrant is generated when law enforcement, in the course of an investigation, obtain sufficient evidence to sustain a reasonable suspicion of a crime being committed.
In most situations, people who are the subject of Arrest Warrants are not aware that it exists, until the police present it to them, in the process of arresting them.
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