Bench Warrants (BW)
Were you ticketed by a LEO (Law Enforcement Agency) but failed to appear (FTA) in court on the ticket? Maybe you failed to appear for court hearings or for sentencing after being out on bail? If so, a BW (Bench Warrant) was issued for your arrest.
With a BW issued, YOU ARE AT RISK EVERY TIME YOU GET BEHIND THE WHEEL and stopped for anything from a minor traffic stop (i.e. expired registration tags, head or tail light out, etc.) to more serious offenses (reckless driving, DUI, etc.).
LEO’s routinely run warrant checks on all traffic stops. The bench warrant for your arrest will show up in their computerized system. YOU WILL BE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY RIGHT THERE ON THE SPOT.
Additionally, your car will be IMPOUNDED (costing you hundreds if not thousands of dollars to get out). You could be held and wait up to 72 hours in JAIL (if picked up over a weekend) for your arraignment on the FTA (which is misdemeanor itself punishable to up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine).
Don’t let this happen to you. Your continued employment may be jeopardized not only because you couldn’t go to work while being in jail but employers nowadays run criminal background checks (even if you’ve been with the company for years) and if they find out you are or have been charged with a misdemeanor, YOU COULD LOSE YOUR JOB and sole means of support.