If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can be taken into custody wherever the police find you, including your home, job, or on the street. An arrest at work can be humiliating, especially if the arrest was for something you didn't do. A public arrest can do serious harm to your reputation.
If you have a warrant out for your arrest or a bench warrant because you never showed up for your court date, take care of it sooner rather than later. The longer you wait, the more you are at risk of getting arrested. If you have a warrant in Oakland, Alameda County, or anywhere in the East Bay of California, contact East Bay criminal defense lawyer Lynn Gorelick for advice.
Types of Arrest Warrants in California
There are different types of warrants in California and come carry the possibility of an arrest, including:
Other types of warrants include search warrants that can be used to search a specific area for specific evidence, such as firearms, weapons, or drugs. With an executed search warrant, if the police find evidence of a crime, they may also arrest you if there is probable cause that you were involved in criminal conduct.
Bench Warrants for Missing Court
Bench warrants are issued by a judge, usually for failure to appear in court. Even for a minor violation like a traffic ticket, if you miss your court date, it could result in a bench warrant. Missing your court date could also include fines, license suspension, and misdemeanor charges for failure to appear.
Police can make an arrest for a bench warrant but they are usually a lower priority for law enforcement than arrest warrants. However, if you are pulled over in the future, the police can see you have a bench warrant and may take you into custody to appear before a judge.
You can usually resolve a bench warrant without getting arrested if you have your attorney contact the court and arrange for you to appear to resolve the bench warrant.
Arrest Warrants to Face Charges
An arrest warrant is issued by a criminal court judge after police and prosecutors show there is probable cause that you committed a crime. Arrest warrants are usually issued after gathering evidence of a crime and presenting it to a judge or after a grand jury has returned an indictment.
For example, if your former spouse reports to the police that you committed domestic violence and there is enough evidence to support an arrest, they may go to the judge to get a warrant. The police officers may then "execute" the warrant by going to your house, place of business, or visiting family to find you and take you into custody to face charges.
Extradition Warrants for Out-of-State Crimes
If you are wanted for a crime committed in another state, that state may issue an extradition warrant to take custody of you and bring you back to the other state to face charges. Extradition warrants are generally used for fugitives who are fleeing from another state.
What Can You Do If You Were Arrested at Work?
If you were arrested at work, it can cause you to lose your job. Your best option may be to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to make sure the arrest does not end in a felony conviction. Call an experienced criminal defense attorney for help. East Bay attorney Lynn Gorelick has more than 39 years of California criminal defense experience. Contact East Bay criminal defense lawyer Lynn Gorelick today.