A bench warrant can be issued for any person who does not appear for their scheduled court date, even for traffic violations.
What it is: The Official Code of Georgia Section 17-7-90 defines a bench warrant as a warrant issued by a judge for the arrest of a person accused of a crime by a grand jury or for the arrest of a person charged with a crime who has failed to appear in court. Notice that a bench warrant has been issued may be given in person, at court or by mail.
How it Works: An example of when and where an individual may be arrested due to a bench warrant is a traffic stop. A person stopped for a minor traffic violation could be arrested after the law enforcement officer runs a background check on the person. If the background check shows there is a bench warrant for a failure to appear in court, law enforcement officers may arrest that person. Forgetting to pay for a speeding ticket can also result in a bench warrant for someones arrest.
What Happens: If the traffic stop and bench warrant arrest occurred in two different jurisdictions you may be transferred to the city or county where the warrant was issued.
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About the attorney: Anne Bishop is a Georgia Lawyer with A. Bishop Law in Gainesville, Georgia and handles various DUI / DWI, Marijuana Arrests and other Georgia Criminal Defense matters. The law office of A. Bishop Law can assist clients throughout Georgia including: Hall County (Gainesville, Oakwood, Flowery Branch), Jackson County (Jefferson, Braselton) White County (Helen, Cleveland), Lumpkin County (Dahlonega), Dawson County (Dawsonville), Habersham County (Demorest, Cornelia), and all of Northeast Georgia.
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