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Bench Warrants

Bench warrants are a variant of arrest warrants, giving police officers the right to arrest you immediately and bring you into court. Bench warrants are usually issued to those who fail to comply with a court order or proceeding. Failing to appear in court on your appointed date makes you in contempt of court. A bench warrant is then issued on your behalf, giving law enforcement agents the opportunity to bring you before the judge.

While some judges are more likely to issue bench warrants than others, the penalties for being in contempt of court are severe. Being in contempt of court is considered the willful disregard for the court order. Some examples of being in contempt of court could be failing to show up for jury duty, your appointed court date or ignoring a subpoena to testify in a case. Therefore, you should do everything in your power to make sure you arrive at court on your appointed date and time and appear before the judge for your proceedings.

The Law Offices of Jonathan I. Kelman advises our clients to take care of these warrants as soon as possible in an effort to avoid being arrested at will. The Law Offices of Jonathan I. Kelman aggressively works on clearing up these warrants, sometimes before a client even appears in court. Most Judges and Prosecutors appreciate our clients voluntarily coming into court through the “front door” making a “good faith” effort to correct this situation regardless of how long it has been since the warrant or failure to appear was issued.

At The Law Offices of Jonathan I. Kelman, we understand that court proceedings can be intimidating and confusing. We also understand that there are many reasons and misunderstandings that have lead to you missing your court date. If a bench warrant has been issued against you, it is important to have a top Los Angeles California criminal defense lawyer on your side to make sure you achieve the best outcome possible in your case. Penalties for being in contempt of court can be severe and it is our job to convince the court to reduce these penalties against you, or have them dismissed.

Given the complexity of criminal defense in general and bench warrants in particular, it is vital that you choose a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who combines experience with a good track record, a thorough understanding and familiarity with the law and the local courts, and a commitment to each and every client. If a bench warrant has been filed against you, your time to get the right experienced criminal defense attorney is limited. The Law Offices of Jonathan I. Kelman has successfully represented numerous clients who have had bench warrants filed against them throughout the State of California. The Law Offices of Jonathan I. Kelman prides itself on aggressive representation with a personal touch. Armed with the knowledge and experience to build a winning defense, Jonathan I. Kelman is accustomed to taking on the criminal justice system and achieving the best results for his clients.

When your future is on the lineā€¦ Call the Law Offices of Jonathan I. Kelman immediately. Your phone consultation is free and completely confidential.

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