So you had a bad day, forgot about your court date, and just found out that the judge issued a bench warrant for your arrest. What is that and what are you supposed to do now? A bench warrant, like any other warrant, authorizes the police to arrest you when they find you. The primary difference is that a judge issues a bench warrant of their own accord. Sometimes the police will actively search for you by coming to your home or business, depending on the severity of the crime and the number of times you have failed to appear in court.
If a bench warrant has been issued for your arrest, even for something as trivial as a speeding ticket, you need to act quickly, as having a bench warrant can lead to your arrest. Failing to appear in court is a serious violation that can cost you time and money, as well as potentially increase the severity of your charges and make a judge less lenient when determining your sentence, if you’re found guilty or enter a plea.