An Outstanding Warrant Can Lead to Your Arrest
Have you learned that you are the subject of an outstanding warrant in Phoenix? If you have, the anxiety of knowing you are subject to arrest at any time can be overwhelming. You probably want to know the answer to a number of questions, including:
- whether the warrant can be quashed;
- whether there is an open underlying charge against you;
- whether you will be arrested if, for example, the police check your records on a routine traffic stop;
- whether you will be taken into custody if you surrender to the authorities; and
- whether the issuance of the warrant has led to the suspension of your driver’s license.
The answers to these and other questions can be provided by an attorney experienced in defending clients who are subject to outstanding warrants. At the Law Offices of David A. Black, we have successfully represented dozens of clients in your position.
What is a Bench Warrant?
A bench warrant in city court may be issued by the judge for a number of reasons. Often, the warrant is the result of the failure of the defendant to appear to answer an underlying charge, which could be the alleged commission of any one of many criminal or other illegal acts. Similarly, if you have failed to pay fines, or to undergo testing, or to report in as part of a plea arrangement, or to respond to a summons sent to you in the mail, a bench warrant may be issued for your arrest.
The issuance of a warrant can have substantial consequences. Most importantly, if it remains outstanding, you will continue to be subject to arrest at any time. If you are arrested on the warrant, you will be taken into custody, and you will spend at least some time in custody while the matter is resolved. The good news is that an experienced Phoenix warrant lawyer can often have the warrant quashed, many times without even the necessity of a court appearance. (We often hear of warrants being “squashed”, but this is a misnomer.)
What Can a Warrant Attorney Do for Me?
At the Law Offices of David A. Black, we represent clients on a regular basis who have learned that they are the subject of outstanding warrants issued out of the Phoenix Municipal Court. We take a number of steps on behalf of our clients to deal with the warrant. First, we apply to the court to have the warrant quashed, and our success rate is impressive. In the past year or two alone, we have successfully quashed dozens of warrants, and we have been successful at saving many of our clients the time, expense and stress associated with a court appearance.
When the warrant is quashed, our job is not done. We want to provide our clients with the best result possible, and this includes filing a motion to allow you to be released on your own recognizance (OR). While your ability to obtain an OR release is dependent upon a number of factors, including your prior record and the nature of the underlying charge, we have been successful in obtaining an OR release on behalf of many of our clients. If the application is not successful, we will request that you be released on bond.
Warrant Attorney in Phoenix – Law Offices of David A. Black
Mr. Black regularly represents clients who have learned they are the subject of an outstanding warrant. He knows the law and he knows the criminal justice system. The prospect of being arrested, even as the result of a relatively minor charge, can be daunting, and we can put your fears to rest by moving to quash the warrant and restoring your peace of mind.
Call us today at 480-280-8028 for a free consultation.