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Not sure what to do with a newly issued warrant? We can help with your warrant issues. A warrant is a document signed by a judge that authorizes law enforcement to take a specific action. There are three basic types of warrants utilized in the state of Florida: bench warrants, arrest warrants and warrants for failure to appear in court (alias warrant). If you or someone you know has an outstanding warrant, or have been the subject of a warrant, call our office immediately. Our attorneys are experienced in handling Florida warrant issues. Call us for a free evaluation at (727) 531-2926 anytime, 24-7!
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A bench warrant is a common criminal warrant that calls for an arrest. The warrant is signed by a judge. Typically, these types of warrants are issued when an individual has been notified to appear in court and has failed to appear. Failing to appear in court can result in a criminal charge if it is found that the individual intentionally failed to appear.
If you have a bench warrant out for failing to appear in court, contact our attorneys so that we can assist you. Our experienced bench warrant attorneys can seek to have the warrant lifted and arrange a future court appearance. Do not wait for law enforcement to come to your home, your place of employment or your school to arrest you.
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!
Search warrants, similar to arrest warrants, require a supporting affidavit stating the facts that justify the warrant. A search warrant authorizes law enforcement to search a person or specific property for evidence that has been or is likely to be used during the commission of a crime. The law is very specific when it comes to individuals and their rights to privacy. Often, search warrants are not executed properly which can result in the violation of constitutional rights. It is important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who knows how to contest these types of warrants.
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