While there are numerous types of warrants in Ohio, one of the most common is referred to as a “bench warrant.” It tends to be issued after a person violates court rules. Written by a judge, bench warrants authorize law enforcement to bring you to jail before you appear in court.
If there is a bench warrant issued for you, it can be overwhelming to determine how to proceed. It helps to understand some of the important details about the nature of bench warrants.
If a bench warrant is issued for you, your name will be entered into a statewide database. After that point, if you interact with law enforcement for any reason, regardless of fault, you will be taken into custody.
Most bench warrants do not expire and remain active for the rest of a person’s life. In rare circumstances, judges decide to expunge or recall warrants. Because these warrants frequently remain active for an extended period of time, it is important to understand that often, the best way to deal with a bench warrant is to appear in court with the assistance of an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can make certain that matters are properly handled.
If a bench warrant is issued for your arrest, you should consider taking the following steps:
If there is a bench warrant issued for you, you should not hesitate to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can make certain that you have the strongest legal defense possible. Contact Kruger & Hodges today to schedule an initial free consultation, during which time we will review your various available options to respond to a bench warrant.