Arrest Warrant Versus Bench Warrant Definition
An arrest warrant is issued when a person is accused of having broken a law and it allows the police to arrest the suspect. An arrest warrant requires a signed and sworn affidavit showing probable cause.
A bench warrant also authorizes a police officer or sheriff to make an arrest, but it may or may not relate to a criminal charge. It can result from a violation of a court order. A bench warrant is issued by a judge for actions like:
- Failing to appear in court/failure to respond to a court summons
- Excessive traffic violations
- Contempt of court
- Failure to report for jury duty
If you are arrested under a bench warrant, you will be brought before the judge who issued the warrant.
Has a Bench Warrant Been Issued for Your Arrest?
If you know that you have unpaid tickets, don’t let it hang over your head. Work with a Utah criminal defense lawyer to get these matters resolved before a bench warrant is issued for your arrest. If you have already been arrested on a bench warrant, you have a right to a defense.
Contact an Experienced Utah Criminal Attorney
Contact an SLC traffic ticket attorney at Greg Smith and Associates for a free initial consultation by calling 801-651-1512 or contacting us online. We protect the rights of clients facing arrest in Salt Lake City, Provo, Orem, Park City and surrounding communities in Utah.