Orange County Bench Warrant Attorney - 

Handle Your Arrest Warrant without Going to Court. 

A bench warrant is an order by the judge to a police officer to bring you into court. Upon seeing you an officer must arrest you and bring you into court. Bench warrants exist for a number of things. The most common reasons for bench warrants are probation violations and not showing up for the first day of court.

What Happened?

Orange County Bench Warrant Attorney - Frequently Asked Question: #1) What  is it and Why did I get one? 

  • An Orange County Bench Warrant is an Order by a Judge to a Peace Officer to bring you in because you either (but not limited).
  • Disobeyed a court order. Ie (Probation, Completing Classes) 
  • Did not show up to court on a promise to appear. IE: Ticket. 


An Orange County Bench Warrant tells the police to pick you up. Regardless of the reason for the warrant they must pick you up. Warrants are issued for many reasons. However, police officers are instructed by the Orange County Superior Courts to arrest and bring you in regardless of whether you are in the right or wrong. This means that an arrest warrant in Orange County is valid even if the reason for the warrant is not valid or was a mistake! If the warrant is still in the system then they will take you in. Police officers will have no discretion when taking you in.

Example: You are just sitting in the passenger seat of a car and the car gets rear ended. The police will be contacted to write a report and the police will notice the bench warrant, if this happens then they will be required to bring you in. This is regardless of the reason for the bench warrant. It can be a misunderstanding such as the wrong person committing the crime to forgetting to show up to court and ending up with a 40508(a) traffic ticket warrant.  The following article will explain what a warrant is and how to deal with it. 

Orange County Bench Warrant Attorney - Frequently Asked Question #2: Why do I have  by a New Charge of Misdemeanor Failure to Appear and Driver License Suspension

The underlying the charge also needs to be addressed when dealing with a warrant.

A failure to appear in Orange County is accompanied by a suspension on a driver license. Depending on the county this can happen immediately or after a few months. It’s important to talk to a professional on this matter. The Orange County Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear and the suspended license needs to be addressed as soon as possible. People will often get a case where they get caught driving while in this period, they are exposing themselves to driving on a suspended license. This is referred to as a 14601. This is a big no in California. The results of this can be probation and a hefty fine. Depending on the facts the prosecuting agency or the court may hit you with a misdemeanor which will show up on your criminal record.

When you miss an Orange County court date a new charge is added. There will be an Orange County Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear. This new charge is the failure to appear. There are different consequences as for dealing with your Warrant for Failure to Appear. Originally a failure to appear in Southern California is a misdemeanor in California. This means it is punishable by a fine of $1000.00 and punishable up to 6 months which makes it crucial that you take care of this properly.

Failure to appear in Southern California differs from county. They also differ from courthouse to courthouse. Some judges deal with these by requiring bail and will not allow a trial until the bail is paid. Others are indifferent and will allow release on own recognizance. Bail is basically a deposit with the court. Think of it as a payment of your ticket in advance. Once the case is resolved, the money is either used to pay the fine or is refunded. If a person is represented by counsel this significantly increases your chance for a dismissal or reduced fine mark off your criminal record. A Warrant for Failure to Appear must be dealt with as soon as possible.

Yes, it is a misdemeanor. If you're charged with a failure to appear and you plead guilty to it, it will result in a conviction that result in a criminal record.You don't want to do this. There are many ways to address a failure to appear so that way it does not result in a misdemeanor.

Eliminate Your Orange County Bench Warrant

Orange County Bench Warrant Attorney - Frequently Asked Question #3: I did not not receive a notice in the mail is this a good reason? 

A lot of times people will say they never got the notice in the mail. However, this does not make a difference as a person has already signed a promise to appear in court when they are ticketed. This happens at the point of the ticket. When you are issued a ticket you and you sign the ticket then you are making a promise that you will appear in court. When you fail to show up in court then you will expose yourself to

People do not live at the same address and may not get their warrants if it was for a crime they committed and there was no citation signed.

A new charge of failure to appear in court. You need to show up for court no matter what. When you get pulled over for a ticket you must appear. If not you will be the proud receipient of another Orange County Bench Warrant.

Regardless of whether you agree with the ticket or not, you must show up in court. You signed a ticket which is also a promise to appear in court. A lot of people will say they did not get the notice to appear in court. However, this doesn’t really help their case if they signed the promise to appear in court when they were pulled over. In fact, going with this line of logic will only show to the court that you are irresponsible and only annoy them.

Orange County Bench Warrant is very common for not showing up in court. People get them more often. Most of the time people get them because they are too busy to deal with a ticket. Other times Orange County Bench Warrant are the result of people who are too upset about the ticket so they decide they do not want to deal with it and it will go away (Like Bills). However, unlike bills tickets do not go away. It’s kind of like dating. Nobody likes to be stood up on a date. Courts are no different, except they can issue a warrant for your arrest if you do not show up. The bottom line is that the courts do not like to be stood up and if you stood up the court, chances are you will need a Bench Warrant Attorney on your side to clean things up.

The second thing you should know is if you have a failure to appear and the court set out a warrant for you, it's what we call a bench warrant. This instructs police officers to take you in if they have contact with you, so during this time it's important that you avoid all police contact.

You have Options at your disposal

At this moment, there has been a criminal proceeding that has started against you in the court of law.

1) Not do anything at all about your Orange County Bench Warrant: This is possible. You can ignore the warrant. If you do this then you will ignore the warrant at your own risk. There will come a day when you are out and you will have police contact you. When this day comes, the police will take you in for your case. If this day does come, it’s important to have someone who regularly deals with Orange County Bench Warrants on your side.

2) Dealing with the Warrant Yourself: This is difficult advice to give because a person can deal with the warrant. However there is always a reason behind the warrant. The reason behind the Orange County Bench Warrant is just as important to deal with as well. It’s important to know the reason behind the warrant and whether or not there is any bail issues for your case. This option is not recommended.

3) Hire an Attorney attorney to deal with your Warrant: An attorney who regular deals with the Orange County Bench Warrants may be able to deal with the warrant himself without having you at the court. This will lower your risk of being taken in. It is impossible to take a person in who is not in court. The worst scenario in this case is that you will be ordered in to be taken in, but at least you will know that you are being taken in and you will have time to prepare and such preparation may include making arrangements for owed jail time or getting a bail bondsman ready at your disposal.

4) Contact a Bondsman: If you are picked up for an Orange County Bench Warrant then you will probably not be eligible for O.R. Release (Own Recognizance Release) based on your own representation to the court that you will appear for your court date. A court will be more willing to give you O.R. on the first time when you have not missed a court date. When you have missed a court date and get picked up on a bench warrant then the court will want bail.

The reason for bail is to ensure your next appearance at court. If you miss your date in court then your bail will be forfeited. A Bail is money held by the court as collateral to ensure your appearance. You will need to deposit with the court the money or use a bail agent to get out of jail.

Talk to an Orange County bench Warrant attorney about your options.

Failure to appear in court Dealing with arrest warrant and license suspension

Typical Scenario

An Orange County Bench Warrant is an Order by a Judge to a Peace Officer to bring you in.

Failure to Pay a Fine is the Most Common Reason 

You pled guilty after pleading guilty to your case. You did not follow up with the fines. Those are the two biggest reasons why people's license gets suspended. The other thing we're going to talk about is going to be an arrest warrant. An arrest warrant will come out for the same thing as a license suspension as well. If you got a ticket and you didn't show up for it, then you get an arrest warrant for you. 

The third thing you should know is if you have a failure to appear and it was because of a traffic ticket, then you probably have a suspended license. If you have a suspended license and you get caught driving, you get a new case of 14601.1 that means another misdemeanor charge of driving on a suspended license and you don't want this. You need to be proactive with your arrest warrants. Otherwise you end up with two misdemeanors.

When you don't show up for your citation, the arrest warrant goes out and depending on the case, the judge, the court or the judge may put out a bail amount, 5,000 or $10,000 what you need to do is you need to not have any police contact whatsoever. An officer will just take you in. You need to get the warrant recall. Once you get the warrant recall, you can address the original case. It's a two part case. You go in there, you address the warrant, and then you take care of the underlying case. Let's talk about the license suspension. Don't get caught driving on a suspended license because that brings on another charge. Then you'll be charged with a failure to appear, the underlying charge and the new case of driving on a suspended license.

An Orange County Bench Warrant will be followed by a New Charge of Misdemeanor Failure to Appear and Driver License Suspension

The number one reason why people have the license suspended is not showing up for traffic tickets. If this is your situation, you need to figure out why they suspended your license. If they suspended your license for not showing up to court, you need to find out which court it was. Other times, this may be a ticket for maybe three or four years ago or five I've seen tickets for 10 years ago. You can either go to DMV or go to the courthouse. However, I always advocate against going to the courthouse because there may be a warrant. 

The number for the DMV that's right here below. Give them a call. Find out why your license is suspended if you like as a bonus, I mentioned this video. Give me a call, we can figure out a strategy from the purpose of getting your license back or making the rest of warrant go away. So let's wrap this up. At the end of the day, whatever you do, if you have an arrest warrant out there, do not have any kind of police contact whatsoever. It's not a good thing to run into a cop who has an order from a judicial officer to take you in. You're going to have to build out.

Bail can reach up to 10,000 or $50,000 figuring out why is it you have an arrest warrant? Get some help with it. And if you have a license suspension, it's the same thing. You can't just go out there and drive and then get pulled over. You're going to get arrested, you're going to get a new charge, and then they're going to impound your car. Again. That number is right here below, and here's another little tip here. It's going to be busy. You have to redial, redial, and readout, and then keep redialing. 

When you call this number, be sure that you give them your driver's license and date of birth ready. I hope you guys liked the video. If you liked the channel, you find it informative. Leave a comment. If you want to see a subject that I haven't discussed, leave a comment. Hit the subscribe button. If you, let's say for instance, feel uncomfortable, leave a comment putting up your identity and you know your deepest, darkest secrets, make an appointment, give me a call. We can figure out a solution for you. Until next time. Number for Mandatory Actions at DMV – 916-657-6525

Eliminate Your Orange County Bench Warrant 

Not Receiving a Notice in the Mail is not a Good reason for Missing Court.

A lot of times people will say they never got the notice in the mail. However, this does not make a difference as a person has already signed a promise to appear in court when they are ticketed. This happens at the point of the ticket. When you are issued a ticket you and you sign the ticket then you are making a promise that you will appear in court. When you fail to show up in court then you will expose yourself to

People do not live at the same address and may not get their warrants if it was for a crime they committed and there was no citation signed.

a new charge of failure to appear in court. You need to show up for court no matter what. When you get pulled over for a ticket you must appear. If not you will be the proud receipient of another Orange County Bench Warrant.

Talk to a Bench Warrant attorney about your options.

As Seen On

Metropolitan Court LA

  • Client had 4 tickets failed to appear on
  • Suspended license charge dismissed and tickets cleared up and dismissed. 

West Covina 

  • Client picked up new DUI Charge resulted in warrant
  • warrant dismissed

Van Nuys 

  • Client had suspended license and got caught driving
  • Got license back and avoided a misdeameanor for client
  • Client never bothered paying  court fees. DMV suspended license and got caught driving
  • All charges dismissed
  • Client charged with vandalism and burglary from lodge.
  • case dismissed

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