Can an arrest warrant be removed prior to your arrest? The answer is simply sometimes. If you believe there is a warrant out for your arrest, you should contact us immediately by clicking here. Several types of arrest warrants can be issued in Florida such as a bench warrant or violation of probation warrant as these are the most common forms of warrants. The type of warrant may dictate whether it can be quashed (removed) prior to its service.
What Is an Arrest Warrant in Florida?
The process of an arrest warrant starts with the police officer. In an arrest warrant, the officer files a statement with a judge explaining why they believe you have committed a crime and should be arrested with probable cause. If the judge is convinced and evidence is substantial, the judge will sign a warrant which allows the police to then make an arrest.
What Is a Bench Warrant in Florida?
A bench warrant is an order that has been issued by a judge which calls for your arrest and appearance before the court after not showing up for an initial court date. Simply not appearing for court where you were ordered can trigger a bench warrant. Even if you did not notice that a court hearing was sent to you in the mail, a bench warrant can still be issued. After the bench warrant is issued, you can be arrested at any time. If you are pulled over for texting and driving, you can be arrested if the bench warrant appears on the officer's computer even if completely unrelated to the reason you are being pulled over. Hiring an experienced Florida criminal defense attorney can potentially help dispose of the case without arrest or appearance before a judge.
What Is a Violation of Probation Warrant in Florida?
A violation of probation warrant in Florida is issued when an individual has violated the terms of their probation. For a violation of probation warrant to be issued, the judge must be presented with substantial evidence that the person did in fact violate their terms of probation. Depending on the type of crime, you may or may not be eligible for bond. This means you may not see the case judge for a few days or weeks due to the no-bond hold. In most cases, it's better to appear before the judge immediately to plead your case as opposed to being arrested for your warrant which can potentially leave you in jail for weeks
Can I Get an Attorney to Withdraw My Warrant Without Me Having to Go to Jail or Appear in Court?
While this varies on a case by case basis, an experienced criminal defense attorney can point you in the right direction if there is a warrant out for your arrest. If you or a loved one has a warrant out for their arrest, call us immediately at (561) 671-5995 or click here to contact us.
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