Whenever you have a warrant for your arrest, you will have a few options. Wait till you get picked up by the police, turn yourself in, or hire an attorney. Hiring a lawyer at this important stages is essential. If you wait for the police to pick you up it could result in an increase bail because it demonstrates a flight risk. By hiring a lawyer it gives the Court incite that you are not a flight risk because you have retained private counsel and intend to defend your rights. By retaining my firm in advance of such hearing, I will personally sit down with every client to acquire all the necessary information to humanize you before the court, address the sufficiency of evidence and why you are not a flight risk or a danger to the community. A lot of times the money a lawyer can save you on bail, is equal to the actual fee.
Before you turn yourself in, or get picked up involuntarily, contact my office so I can help minimize the amount of time you spend in jail, if any.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WARRANT SET ASIDE
Unlike arrest warrants where your attorney can contact the issuing officer, the prosecutor or duty judge, warrants issued on the basis of Domestic Violence require additional steps.
To live a warrant in Franklin County a few things must happen
1) Your attorney needs to pull the file on the second floor of the courthouse and take to the Duty Judge on the 10th floor.
2) The accused/defendant needs to be present.
3) The alleged victim needs to be present.
4) The alleged victim must first meet with the victims advocate on the 17th floor.
5) The alleged victim needs to be present.
6) Prosecutor must be present.
7) Court reporter must be present and
8) Law Enforcement must be present.
A bench warrant is one that is issued by a judge. Usually for failing to appear for court, failing to pay court costs or picking up a new offense while on “provided no convictions” aka PNC. If this happens, as your lawyer I would meet with the Judge who issued the warrant and prosecutor to discuss the options in getting the warrant lifted. Having a lawyer during this time is essential to speak on your behalf and inform the court as to why certain things may have happen. Having a lawyer insures that your side of the story, reasons and explains are heard before you just get locked up.
Call me now to not only get you out, but to help keep you out.