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What Qualifies as a Bench Warrant in New York City? Consequences

What Qualifies as a Bench Warrant in New York City? Consequences

When Bench Warrants Are Issued

There are several situations in which a judge may issue a bench warrant in NYC:

  • Failure to appear in court: If you miss a scheduled court date, the judge can issue a bench warrant for your arrest. This includes missing an arraignment, pretrial hearing, trial, sentencing hearing, probation meeting, etc.
  • Violation of bail terms: If you get released on bail but violate the terms, such as not showing up to court, committing another crime, etc., the judge can revoke your bail and issue a warrant.
  • Violation of a protection order: If you violate an order of protection, restraining order, or no contact order, you may face a warrant.
  • Failure to pay fines: If you do not pay court fines, fees, alimony, child support, etc., a civil warrant can be issued.
  • Failure to appear as a witness: If you are a witness and do not show up when subpoenaed, you could get a material witness warrant.
  • Probation violation: Violating probation terms like failing drug tests, not checking in with your probation officer, traveling without permission, etc. can trigger a warrant.

So in summary – missing court, violating bail terms, disobeying court orders, unpaid fines, and probation issues are common reasons for bench warrants in New York City.

Consequences of Bench Warrants

The consequences of having an open bench warrant in NYC can be severe:

  • Arrest: The police will arrest you if they come across you during normal duties or raids. Active warrants also show up during traffic stops and other interactions.
  • Jail time: After arrest, you will be taken to jail to await your new court date. You may have to post additional bail money. Spending even a few days in jail can negatively impact jobs, finances, family life and more.
  • Additional charges: Resisting arrest, providing false identification, or other issues surrounding the arrest can lead to extra charges.
  • Loss of license: An open criminal warrant leads to suspension of your driver’s license in New York. Fixing this is a bureaucratic nightmare.
  • Immigration issues: For non-citizens including green card holders, an open warrant can negatively impact immigration status leading to detention and deportation.
  • Higher bail: Judges may set higher bail amounts if you missed court dates in the past. Past failures make you an increased flight risk.
  • Harsher sentencing: Judges can give harsher sentences if you have a history of not following court orders and terms of release.
  • Employment issues: Many employers do background checks, so an open warrant will show up and prevent you from getting hired. It can also get you fired if not disclosed upfront.
  • Travel limitations: It is not safe to travel domestically or internationally with an active warrant. Law enforcement databases are linked across regions.
  • Civil lawsuits: In addition to criminal charges, victims can file lawsuits for damages, which becomes more likely if you try to evade the courts.

So bench warrants lead to cascading consequences that seriously impact your freedom, finances, immigration status and ability to get jobs, housing and loans. It also brands you as high risk for judges and prosecutors.

How to Resolve a Bench Warrant

Here are some steps to take if you have an open bench warrant in New York City:

  • Consult an attorney – Hire a NY criminal lawyer experienced with warrants to understand your options and develop an action plan. Never skip this step.
  • Voluntary surrender – In some cases, your lawyer can coordinate your peaceful surrender to the court to get the warrant lifted. This looks better than being forcibly arrested later.
  • Request a recall – Your lawyer can file a motion to request the judge to recall the warrant, essentially cancelling it. This depends on the reason it was issued.
  • Negotiate terms – If you have a reasonable excuse for missing court, your attorney can negotiate terms, like paying fines immediately, to get the warrant recalled.
  • Attend court hearings – If the warrant gets recalled, you must diligently attend new court dates to resolve the underlying case and show you are cooperating.
  • Pay owed money – If financial matters triggered the warrant, promptly pay owed fines, alimony payments, restitution, etc. Get proof of payment.
  • Fulfill terms – If you violated probation or an order of protection, fulfill those original terms ASAP to show good faith.
  • Avoid re-arrest – Until the warrant is cancelled, avoid interactions with police and travel to give your lawyer time to act.

Resolving a bench warrant is complex in New York so working with an experienced criminal lawyer is strongly advised over navigating it alone. They can negotiate on your behalf and know what steps give you the best chance of avoiding jail time.

Finding Out If You Have a Warrant

Since open bench warrants have severe consequences, it is important to proactively find out if you have one. Here are some options:

  • Contact your defense lawyer – If you missed a court date and lost contact with your lawyer, getting back in touch is essential to check warrant status.
  • Call the court clerk – You can call the court clerk to inquire if a warrant has been issued including the date and exact charges.
  • Visit court in-person – Go to the court clerk window and request a background check to see if you have an active warrant.
  • Submit information request – File OPRA or FOIA requests to get background check records from the police department. This leaves a paper trail.
  • Hire investigators – As a last resort, private investigators can use special databases to lookup jurisdictions for warrants.

If a bench warrant exists, take steps right away to address it – the sooner it gets resolved, the less damage it will do long-term. For help negotiating the complex justice system, consult with a qualified NYC criminal defense lawyer.

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