Bench Warrants in Georgia
Unlike an arrest warrant, which authorizes that an individual be taken into custody for committing a crime, a bench warrant is issued by a judge when an individual violates the rules of the court. A violation could include any of the following:
- Failure to appear at an assigned court date
- Not completing community service
- Neglecting a fine, such as for a traffic violation or child support
A Warrant Has Been Issued; What Happens Next?
After a bench warrant is issued by a judge, law enforcement has the power to seek out an individual and make an arrest anywhere he or she is seen. However, most bench warrants are only discovered if an individual has another encounter with the law (such as being pulled over for a traffic violation, or a similar interaction where a driver’s license is processed). Like an arrest warrant, it’s possible for a bench warrant to go unserved for several years.
When a bench warrant is served, law enforcement can take an individual into custody and force he or she to appear in court. There, the criminal process will continue.
Consequences of Violating the Courts
Failure to comply with the court could result in a high bond amount, loss of a driver’s license, or extensive court fees. You could also be held in jail without bond until your court date. If you’ve discovered a bench warrant against you, call Wadkins & Wadkins at (706) 221-9451 or request a free case review to learn how our attorneys can help protect your rights.