Warrants & Failure to Appear Cases
Ronald Dinan & Associates Serves Northern CA Clients
If you have been charged with failure to appear or if you have a warrant
out for your arrest and would like to clear it, an attorney from our firm
can help. Both of these incidents can result in severe penalties. Call
Ronald Dinan & Associates if you want to learn more!
California Arrest Warrant FAQ
How do I receive an arrest warrant? If you commit a crime outside of an officer's presence, then the officer
will normally meet with the district attorney to discuss the case. The
officer must prove that he or she has "probable cause" that
you have committed a crime. If the district attorney agrees that you should
be arrested, then he or she will present the case to a judge. The judge
can then choose whether or not to issue the arrest warrant.
What should I do if there is a warrant for my arrest? If there is a warrant out for your arrest, then you will want to call a
criminal defense attorney today to represent you in court. With a skilled
criminal defense attorney on your side, you may be able to argue before
the judge and ask for a bail reduction or an own-recognizance release.
Either of these options will help to keep you out of jail while we work
to answer your criminal charges and fight on your side in the investigation.
Failure to Appear
If you ignore a court summons, your problem won't just "go away."
Instead, a judge will probably issue a bench warrant and will demand that
you be penalized for ignoring your summons to court. The court strictly
enforces failure to appear penalties in order to maintain order in the
California Bench Warrants
Unlike an arrest warrant issued by a district attorney, a bench warrant
is issued from the "bench," or the judge.
Bench warrants are issued for the following reasons:
- Failure to repay fines
- Failure to appear in court
- Violating a restraining or protective order
If you arrested on a bench warrant, then the judge has the right to hold
you in custody. Also, people who are taken on a bench warrant may face
penalties for failure to appear.
Penalties for failure to appear can include:
- Prison or jail time
- Probation violations
- License suspension
If you have been charged with failure to appear, you need a skilled criminal
defense lawyer to help you. With the right attorney assisting you with
your case, you may be able to get the assistance that you need to address
the charges against you successfully. Don't hesitate to call us at
Ronald Dinan & Associates today to learn more and receive a
free case evaluation!
We offer representation to clients in the Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Lake, Mendocino
and Humboldt counties. Call today to speak with an attorney!