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There are many reasons why you may have a bench warrant out for your arrest. The most common reason is that you failed to show up in court for a scheduled hearing. The court can also issue a warrant for other reasons, for example, failing to pay a court fine. If a bench warrant is issued, it poses several issues for you.
First, if you are ever stopped by police, you can be arrested. After you are arrested, you will usually be brought into court the next day. Unfortunately, if you are arrested on a Friday night, the earliest you will be brought into court is the following Monday.
There are also other potential issues about having a warrant on your record. The registry may suspend your license, or not allow you to renew your license until the warrant is cleared. The registry can do this right away or years later. Either way, the warrant is going to catch up sooner or later.
For the most part, in order to remove a warrant, you must show up to court. When you fail to appear in court, the court enters a default on the case and issues a warrant for your arrest. Essentially, the case needs to be taken out of default and then the judge needs to lift the warrant.
When removing a default the judge could detain you. One of the factors the judge considers is if you are a flight risk. Depending on what the excuse for failing to appear in court is, the court may decide to hold you in custody. Therefore, it is always smart to have an attorney with you when removing a warrant.
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