How do Warrants Work?
Sometimes on TV shows, for the sake of drama, they’ll show the police officer arriving at the home of a suspect. Then after some dramatic monologue the police officer surprises the suspect and arrests them. That’s probably not what’s going to happen in real life. If a crime has already been committed – and not in the presence of an officer – that officer will require a warrant to arrest a suspect. This article will provide a brief overview of warrants in California.
What are the types of warrants?
This article will two types of warrants that can be used to arrest someone in the state. First is the arrest warrant. It is the arrest warrant that would have been issued for the example mentioned previously. After a police officer has investigated a crime, they can ask a judge to issue an arrest warrant for a specific person. If the warrant is issued by the judge, the officers are allowed to arrest the person and bring them into court.
The second type of warrant is called a bench warrant. In this case, a person was legally required to appear in court but did not do so. For example, if you are subpoenaed, you must show up on the date requested. Otherwise, a judge can issue a bench warrant, which means that police officers can find and arrest you because you did not appear when ordered.
Can you get bail with a warrant?
If bail can be set, the arrest warrant will include details on the bail. Bail is set so that a person has to return to court, as part of the conditions that come with bail release. Following the arrest, the suspect should immediately seek the counsel of experienced criminal lawyers so that their legal rights are met.