If you live in Connecticut and suspect there is an active warrant out for your arrest, there are critical steps you should be aware of. Whether or not you have actually committed the crime, a warrant means that police have enough probable cause to believe you did, a prosecutor agreed, and the warrant was issued. Before contacting police, it is important to contact a Stamford criminal defense attorney first.
Types of Warrants
There are two types of warrants that may be issued – an arrest warrant or a bench warrant. An arrest warrant is issued by a judge and cites a specific crime the individual is being accused of. An arrest warrant does not expire and is valid until the accused is in the custody of law enforcement.
Bench warrants are issued if a person out on bail fails to appear for any scheduled court dates or fails to comply with any orders issued by the court. It is usually issued by the judge who is presiding over the case. A bench warrant can also be issued for failing to pay a traffic violation, failing to pay child support, or even failing to appear for jury duty. While a bench warrant may not sound as serious as an arrest warrant, the result is the same – the accused will eventually end up in police custody....