There are generally two types of warrants that can be issued in the state of California, by either the Federal Court or the State court. These warrants take the form of either an arrest warrant or a bench warrant. Both types of warrants command law enforcement to do the same thing: arrest the defendant.
The most common type warrant is a bench warrant issued for a failure to appear in court (FTA). This type of warrant instructs law enforcement to immediately arrest the individual and bring him before the court that issued the original warrant.
Significant dangers abound when the police have the power to arrest a citizen on sight. The opportunity for law enforcement to question the defendant about the underlying offense, without the benefit of having an attorney present is a real danger. Moreover, the defendant is often just concerned with getting out of jail immediately and, if the defendant appears in court, the defendant may make statements, admissions, or even plead guilty in order to end the ordeal. In the context of a warrant, like most things in the criminal justice system, the defendant's instincts are counterintuitive and will hurt him. A quick plea, a series of admissions, all seemingly made in the interest of getting out of custody, will devastate him. The warrant arrest is the context in which a defendant will most often sign over his most important rights and liberties of the sake of some temporary freedom.
If you or a loved one is picked up on a warrant in the state of California, it is important to immediately contact the skilled attorney who can instantly strategize a plan for getting the defendant released from custody and maximizing an opportunity to fight the underlying case at the early stages. For example, sometimes the length of time between when the underlying case was filed and the defendant's first appearance in court is too long and the defendant has been denied a speedy trial. This issue cannot be raised without the help of the right attorney. Other issues of proof can also present and can be taken advantage of by the right lawyer. Of course, these opportunities are squandered if the defendant simply shows up in court, without a lawyer, or without a good lawyer, one who has a full understanding of the situation, and pleads guilty in order to get simply get the warrant recalled. The reality is that the defendant may have been able to get out of jail anyway and still fight this case.
Mr. Bruno has successfully handled over 100 warrant recalls and he welcomes the opportunity to handle yours. If you have a warrant that has been issued for your arrest and is hanging over your head, confidentially contact Newport Beach, Orange County Criminal Lawyer Keith J. Bruno for a free consultation. Mr. Bruno will explain his strategy and accompany you to court. Most often, he will also accompany you when you leave court — out the front door.
If you have been arrested on a warrant or, if you are aware of the fact that a warrant has been issued for your arrest, contact the criminal defense firm of The Law Offices of Keith J. Bruno, APC. Criminal Attorney Keith J. Bruno serves Orange County, Riverside, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino. We offer a free face-to-face consultation and can work out a payment plan in most situations.
The Newport Beach, Orange County, California, The Law Offices of Keith J. Bruno, APC represents Californians in Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego who have been accused, arrested, or charged for criminal offenses.