If you find out that an arrest warrant or bench warrant has been issued against you in Colorado, or you are unsure if a warrant has been issued at all, it is important that you take action as soon possible. Although each case is unique, learning that there’s an active warrant issued against you can be very stressful. You may wonder if the police will show up at your home or place of work to arrest you, or you may be looking over your shoulder every time you pass a police officer.
Fortunately in most cases, unless it’s a serious offense, the police aren’t constantly looking around town trying to throw you in jail. For minor issues the police may not even stop by your house or show up at your job. However, this doesn’t mean you aren’t in trouble. Even minor offenses that you may have forgotten about could eventually land you in jail.
What Are The Different Types Of Arrest Warrants?
An outstanding warrant for your arrest can be issued for a number of reasons. Criminal bench warrants are frequently issued for failure to appear in court (“FTA”) to face criminal charges, for violating probation, or for failure to follow a court order. Given the specific situation a judge can impose a jail sentence or fines if you are found guilty of failure to appear or contempt of court.
An arrest warrant may be issued if you are a suspect in a crime that is under investigation. If you receive a call from a law enforcement officer asking that you come to the police station to answer some questions, this could be a sign that there may be a warrant for your arrest. Even if you are completely innocent you MUST resist the urge to tell your side of the story and “set the record straight.”
This impulse is understandable but it can lead to you being charged or possibly convicted of a crime, and destroy possible legal defenses that you need later on. Even the most innocent statements can be interpreted the wrong way so it is always better not to say anything at all.
Whether you have a bench warrant or arrest warrant, DON’T LIVE IN FEAR. It is time to stop looking over your shoulder expecting a police officer to take you off in handcuffs. Call the expert criminal defense lawyers at the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara. Our attorneys, including Jill Jackson, and Andres Guevara are here to help. Hablamos espanol.