Warrant Criminal Defense
George Kita has handled 100+ warrant cases in his criminal law career. His unique background as a former deputy district attorney, as well as his significant experience as a defense attorney, provides him a thorough perspective of creative strategies in warrant cases.
Mr. Kita devotes substantial time helping clients carefully evaluate options for their warrants in LA County, and he explores all reasonable alternatives, solutions, and strategies, as you can see on his website at: Warrant Attorney.
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What is the Difference Between a Bench Warrant and an Arrest Warrant?
A warrant is a judicial order to arrest a specific person and promptly bring him or her to court. There are two types of warrants; bench warrants and arrest warrants.
A bench warrant is issued by a judge after a person fails to appear (FTA) in court after previously ordered to do so.
An arrest warrant does not generally require an FTA. Arrest Warrants are usually sought by a courtroom prosecutor or police officer, without first notifying the accused person.
Justification for an arrest warrant generally relates to "risk of flight" which might exist if the accused person knew about the warrant's existence.
Police lack resources to arrest most people with warrants. Thus, it is not uncommon for warrants to remain active for years, with or without the accused persons' knowledge, & without any efforts being made to bring the person before the court.
How do I Resolve a Warrant?
You need to first verify whether you actually have a warrant. Therefore, your first step is to promptly contact a warrant attorney to help determine if you have an arrest warrant. (Surprisingly, I have heard of many instances where someone mistakenly believed that they were named in a warrant, when that wasn't the case.)
Once your attorney verifies that a warrant exists, he or she will likely obtain the warrant information, promptly explain the details to you, and explore the best strategies to resolve it. If bail is required for release on the warrant, your attorney will you make arrangements to have a bond available in the event the judge will not release you on your "Own Recognizance."
Your attorney will then make arrangements to have the warrant case heard in court as soon as possible. Judges and prosecutors tend to be more receptive to favorable release terms when the person walks voluntarily into court on the warrant.
Once the warrant is cleared, your attorney will evaluate case defenses and strategies. If a warrant has been in existence for many years, with no efforts by law enforcement to locate you, your attorney will likely file a motion to dismiss based on a lack of speedy trial. This motion is sometimes referred to as a Speedy Trial/Serna Motion, and can provide a judge a basis to dismiss the case.
Judges will consider certain factors in Speedy Trial Motions, including, length of delay, seriousness of the charges, efforts by police to locate you, prejudice to you caused by the delay, as well as your availability during the delay (could you have been easily located with diligence by police).
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