Warrants

Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer Explains Warrants

Most people have heard of a warrant but have limited understanding of what is involved with them. A warrant can be issued by the court that allows for an officer to place a suspect under arrest if they find them, regardless if they witnessed the suspect committing the crime, or an officer can make a decision for an arrest on their own. In order for a warrant to be issued, there needs to be some reasonable concern that a suspect committed a crime, however, this decision can be subjective. The best way to effectively fight the criminal allegations that have been made against you is by employing a Dallas criminal attorney for the representation of your case.

Bench Warrants

There are two types of warrants which can cause you to be arrested by police officers. The first, a bench warrant, is an order by a judge to arrest a person as soon as he or she is found by police. These are often issued by a judge who deems someone to be in contempt of court, possibly for failing to appear at a court date or for failing to pay court fines. People who have bench warrants out against them are generally unaware of it, and are very surprised to find themselves being arrested for an outstanding warrant when they are pulled over for a minor traffic violation.

Arrest Warrants

An arrest warrant, on the other hand, can be an immediate decision by a law enforcement officer if he or she has reason to believe that the defendant has committed a crime. These warrants give the arresting officer control in the situation and leave it up to their discretion, which may or may not be accurate. Being placed under arrest does not mean a suspect committed a crime and in many cases it is necessary for an arrest to be fought. Those taken into custody have the right to a speedy trial and will have their case reviewed by the court soon after their arrest if they are charged. If after further inspection there is not enough evidence to charge them, they can be released. Contact D'Amore Law Firm now for help in your case!