An arrest warrant is similar to a bench warrant. The primary difference is that an arrest warrant cannot be issued without a supporting affidavit made by a law enforcement official. An affidavit is a sworn statement alleging the reasons why the warrant should be issued. A judge signs the warrant, also known as a capias, in the state of Florida, and law enforcement officials are ordered to arrest the subject of the warrant. Arrest warrants are usually issued for one of the following reasons:
- The commission of a felony
- A violation of probation
- Failure to appear in court
When a judge issues an arrest warrant, a bond amount is designated by that judge. The bond amount may be set at zero, meaning the individual cannot bond out of jail. The seriousness of the charge along with the history of the case will usually dictate the bond amount. In less serious circumstances, a judge may set a lower bond. Our attorneys can immediately request a bond hearing if you are arrested and fight for a bond amount that you or your family can afford. Call us for a free evaluation at (727) 531-2926 anytime, 24-7!