If you find yourself charged with a crime, the first thing you should do is find a New York criminal defense attorney that specializes in handling the offense you are charged with. Any reliable attorney should be willing to meet with you for a consultation…
Nobody wants to be in trouble with the law, but many people simply ignore legal issues until they become huge problems. They may ignore their jury duty notice or forget to pay their speeding traffic. Maybe they didn’t appear in court after a DWI traffic stop. These issues can come back to haunt them once they are arrested by a police officer.
If you were ordered to appear in court, but failed to do so, you could be issued a bench warrant by a judge in any court in the county in which the offense took place. Once you have a bench warrant in your name, you can be arrested by a police officer and brought into court without delay, according to New York Consolidated Laws, Criminal Procedure Law – CPL § 530.70.
Some people may not even know they have a bench warrant in their name. However, finding out if you do is a fairly easy process. FInd out why you could have a bench warrant and how to get more information about one.
When are Bench Warrants Issued?
A judge may issue a bench warrant against you for the following reasons;
- You failed to appear for jury duty.
- You failed to pay your traffic tickets.
- You ignored the subpoena to come to court for a civil case.
- You committed a crime and did not show up for your court date.
- You have a court order to pay child support, but failed to do so.
If you have done any of the following, you may have a bench warrant against you. Here’s how to check to see if you do.
Checking on a Bench Warrant
If you believe you may have a bench warrant issued by the New York City Police Department by contacting the appropriate county clerk office. You can call and get information or stop by in person during business hours. Just make to bring a valid ID. Here are the locations of the county clerk offices in New York City:
Bronx – Bronx County
851 Grand Concourse, Room 118
Brooklyn – Kings County
360 Adams Street, Room 189
Queens – Queens County
88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, 1st Floor, Jamaica
Manhattan – New York County
60 Centre Street, Room 161
Staten Island – Richmond County
130 Stuyvesant Place, 2nd Floor
What to do Next
If you do have a bench warrant for your arrest, you can be arrested at any time. You may be pulled over while driving or arrested at your home or place of work. This can be an embarrassing situation.
Your first step should be to contact a criminal defense lawyer. Criminal defense lawyers know the legal system inside and out and have various options for their clients. You may be able to post bond so you can get your case cleared up and avoid jail time. If that’s not an option, your lawyer may advise that you turn yourself in at a local police station. Whatever happens, your lawyer can represent you in court and help reduce your penalties.
Have a Bench Warrant? Contact the Law Offices of George Vomvolakis Today
If you find out you have a bench warrant, you need to take swift action. You can be arrested at any time or any place and you’ll be better off if you have a lawyer by your side to help. George Vomvolakis is a criminal defense lawyer who will ensure that your legal rights are always fully protected. To request a free, no-obligation review of your case, call us today at (212) 682-0700 or complete our short online contact form.