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What is a bench warrant?
Bench Warrants are warrants that judges issue that allow law enforcement to arrest people who fail to show up for court when scheduled. This can be any type of case from a traffic ticket to a violent crime. Bench warrants are often issued when the judge is on the bench, which is why they are called bench warrants.
How do you remove a bench warrant?
You will generally need to show up in person in order to request that the warrant be withdrawn. While the judge can withdraw the warrant, it is also possible the judge takes you into custody depending on the type of charge and the history of appearing in court.
Why do you need them removed?
Sometimes, people avoid being picked up on a warrant for months or even years. But if a law enforcement officer sees that you have a warrant, you will likely be taken before a judge or possibly to jail if a judge is not immediately available to address the warrant. If you are picked up on a warrant, the courts work on their schedule, not yours. So it is possible you can be held overnight until a judge is available.
Bench Warrants can also show up when you try to renew your drivers license. The BMV in Ohio may block you from renewing your license and other states may block you from renewing your license if you have bench warrants in the State of Ohio.
What can you do?
If you have bench warrants in Toledo or the surrounding area including Oregon, Maumee, Sylvania, Bowling Green, or Perrysburg, contact an experienced and knowledgeable defense lawyer, Brian C. Morrissey, Attorney at Law. Steps should be taken quickly in order to see what can be done. Contact Brian C. Morrissey, Attorney at Law, right away at 419-830-7441 to set up a free consultation.
Before things spin out of control, it is best to deal with any bench warrants that you may have. The issues that come with bench warrants will not go away unless you deal with them appropriately. The process may require a personal appearance, and in some cases a motion can be filed. Call today for a free consultation.