In California, there are three types of warrants.
1. Arrest Warrant
There are two ways in which a person can get arrested for a crime. One, if he or she commits the crime in front of a police officer, and two, by way of an arrest warrant. If an officer of the law believes that someone is guilty of a crime, the officer will meet with the District Attorney’s office to go over the facts of the case and present probable cause for requesting the warrant. The D.A. will then meet with a judge if he or she agrees with the officer’s findings, and if the judge also agrees, he or she will issue a warrant for a person’s arrest. Law enforcement may then arrest and detain the person.
2. Search Warrant
Search warrants are most frequently issued when a police officer conducts surveillance or acts on other information as to a possible crime. The officer then discusses evidence with a judge, and finally is given authorization to search a home, vehicle, person, or any other place named in the warrant. This type of warrant is often referred to as a search and seizure.
3. Bench Warrant
Law enforcement is authorized to arrest and bring a person before a judge for activity that is not criminal in nature. Bench warrants may be issued for failure to appear in court (known as an FTA), failure to pay fines (FTP), and for violations of other court orders.
If a warrant has been issued against you, it is important that you seek legal representation. Contact the law office of H. Charles Gorian. We have years of experience challenging warrants with the courts, and we know the procedures that affect whether or not a warrant will likely stand up in court. Our law firm has helped men and women throughout Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and San Diego County, and we may be able to help you.
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