A bench warrant is issued by a Court when a Defendant or a Respondent has
failed to appear in Court. This warrant permits a police agency to pick
up the individual and produce them before the Court. Thereafter, the Court
can continue to detain the individual and place a bail amount on them
or in the alternative release the individual with or without supervision.
If a bench warrant is issued against an individual the best course of action
is to make arrangements to turn themselves into a police agency or the
court as soon as possible. The less time that expires, the more proof
that the failure to appear was merely a mistake and that no intention
to miss a court appearance was present. In addition, when an individual
freely accepts responsibility for a bench warrant being issued and turns
himself/herself in, it also goes a long way to show the Judge that the
individual will continue to appear in person.
Bail is much more likely to be set for an individual when they fail to
acknowledge the bench warrant and they have to be brought before the Judge
by a police agency.