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A bench warrant in New York City is a court order issued by a judge directing law enforcement to arrest an individual and bring them before the court. Bench warrants are typically issued when a person fails to appear for a scheduled court date or violates a court order.
There are several situations in which a judge may issue a bench warrant in NYC:
So in summary, missing court, violating bail terms, disobeying court orders, unpaid fines, and probation issues can all prompt a NYC judge to issue a bench warrant.
If there is a warrant out for your arrest in New York City, the police can take you into custody anytime they come across you. For example:
Once arrested on a bench warrant, you will be handcuffed, searched, and transported to the nearest precinct. Your belongings will be confiscated and you will be placed in a holding cell until seen by a judge or able to post bail, which typically occurs within 24 hours.
After being arrested on a New York bench warrant, you will be brought before a criminal court judge for an arraignment hearing. This is where formal charges will be read against you.
The judge will decide whether to:
If released, the judge will order you to return to court on a specific date for further proceedings. Failure to appear would result in another warrant for your arrest.
Beyond the immediate arrest and loss of freedom, bench warrants can bring additional legal penalties.
To get a bench warrant lifted in New York City:
Acting quickly is important when facing an open warrant in NYC. Call a qualified criminal lawyer right away to start the process of lifting the warrant before you end up behind bars. They can also help mitigate consequences if you do get arrested.
I hope this overview on what qualifies for a bench warrant in NYC and the consequences helps provide more clarity. Let me know if you have any other questions!
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