Arrest Warrants & Bench Warrants


An Arrest Warrant or Bench Warrant can cause serious problems in your life. At The Stavroff Law Firm, we may be able to help those with Arrest Warrants or Bench Warrants and avoid unnecessary incarceration.

It is important to understand the difference between Arrest Warrants and Bench Warrants.  An Arrest Warrant is a method that the court uses to take custody over a person accused of committing a crime. The prosecutor authorizes the warrant. Arrest Warrants are typically issued after the prosecutor files a criminal complaint against a person, or after the grand jury issues an indictment against a person. The alternative to an Arrest Warrant is a Summons, which is a simple notice that is mailed out to the person accused of committing a crime that informs them that they have been charged with a crime and notifies them to appear in court at a specific date and time.

Whereas Arrest Warrants are typically issued at the beginning of a criminal case, a Bench Warrant is typically issued after the criminal cases begins. A judge issues the Bench Warrant from their bench; hence, the name. The most common scenario when judges issue Bench Warrants is when the person accused of committing a crime fails to appear for court.


How can we help those with Arrest Warrant or Bench Warrants? Time is of the essence. The Stavroff Law Firm will immediately begin contacting the court and the specific prosecutor in an effort to avoid unnecessary jail time. Contact The Stavroff Law Firm today to learn about your rights and begin building your defense.