If you are arrested for driving under the influence, you will generally be taken to jail for a period of time, and either released with a citation for the offense(s) or have to post bail in order to be released. For a first time DUI, bail is generally between $2500 and $5000. You will also be given an initial appearance date for your criminal arraignment. If you do not appear in court on your arraignment date and charges have officially been filed, then the court will issue a bench warrant for your arrest for your failure to appear.
This warrant means that a law enforcement officer has the power to arrest you on the warrant if you are stopped for a traffic offense. This warrant will remain outstanding until you appear in court on it. Having a DUI warrant hanging over your head can take its toll -- emotionally, economically, and legally. It will frequently lead to much more serious consequences than you would have faced had you voluntarily showed up before the court.
Another way of having a warrant issued on your DUI case is if you are on probation for DUI but you are not fully compliant with all the terms and conditions of your probation. For instance, you may have had a drinking driver class or a certain number of days in a work program to complete. If you do not fully comply with all the requirements of your probation, then a violation of probation and a warrant may be issued in your case. In these instances, our office would appear for you to not only recall and quash the outstanding bench warrant, but to also litigate the pending violation of probation. Having any type of warrant outstanding for you is a constant source of stress. But exactly how do you know what to expect?Contact a Temecula DUI Attorney
That's where we come in. We offer free, private DUI consultations where our Temecula criminal defense attorney can explain exactly how we could help make this frightening experience less uncertain. In most cases, Anwar Law Offices will appear in court for you, so you will never have to stand before a judge even with a failure to appear and a warrant for your arrest. The outstanding bench warrant will be recalled and quashed, and we will then be in a position to litigate your DUI case on its merits.
With our legal expertise and confidence from local judges, having a warrant recalled for you is a stream-lined, straightforward process. Normally, once the warrant is recalled, we will be able to have you remain free on your own recognizance, so you will never have to pay the bail amount on the warrant. A warrant-free life means no more living in fear. No matter how bad you think it's going to be to "turn yourself in", the consequences will ultimately be much worse if you continue to avoid the inevitable.