Bench Warrants

bench-warrantIf you have a bench warrant, contact The Nelson Law Firm immediately at (205) 994-3183. We can help reduce or eliminate the costs and inconvenience associated with these type of warrants. The most common occurrence we see at The Nelson Law Firm with these type of warrants is forgotten traffic citations. When a traffic citation is not paid, a bench warrant is issued. These fines can range from $500-$1000 per citation, which means if you received a citation for speeding, expired tag and no proof of insurance and forget to pay it, the bench warrants will add another $1500 fine on top of the citations. At The Nelson Law Firm, we have had success in reducing or eliminating these fines. Call us today for a FREE consultation.

Failure to appear in court as promised is a violation of the law which may result in an arrest warrant, fines, and other penalties. Any time an individual has a duty, or has made an agreement, to appear in court, they can be penalized for failure to appear. A failure to appear can involve a traffic court appointment, jury services, a civil case, or a criminal case.

Failure to appear in traffic court is a violation of the written promise to appear in court on a given day at a specific time. One can be penalized for a failure to appear even if they are found not guilty of the arrest or citation charge or even if the case is dismissed. Failure to appear may be considered a misdemeanor offense in some jurisdictions. When court has on record your failure to appear, they may issue a bench warrant for your arrest. Failure to appear can also result in a court order to suspend your license. In many jurisdictions, in order to clear a failure to appear record a person must pay the original amount for the citation plus the penalty fees for the failure to appear.

When a person is charged with a crime, there can be heavy penalties for failure to appear. If a person faces criminal charges there will be a number of mandatory court appearances they must make. Upon arrest and prior to release,
the alleged offender will agree to appear in court on a specific day and time. A failure to appear will result in a bench warrant issued for your arrest. Once apprehended, the defendant may be required to post bail or be denied from
release prior to the conclusion of the trial. An attorney may appear on behalf of a defendant at an arraignment hearing, except in cases of domestic violence, DUI, or other offenses. In most other cases, however, a failure to appear in criminal court as required will result in significant penalties. Call The Nelson Law Firm at (205) 994-3183 for a FREE consultation.