Warrants are issued for a wide range of reasons in Sonoma County. Just because you’re not an infamous outlaw doesn’t mean that you don’t have a warrant on your record. Often times, someone who has an outstanding warrant doesn’t find out until an officer pulls them over for a routine traffic stop and looks up their record in the database. While a warrant can take you by surprise and end up being costly, there are also ways to determine if you have one, mitigate its effect on your life, and clear it without much hassle.
What are the different types of warrants?
First of all, what exactly is a warrant? A warrant is basically an order for you to appear in court. The appearance can be for any number of reasons, including to face charges for a crime or to attend a court date that you have missed. A warrant grants permission to an officer of the law to arrest you in order to make you appear in court. A warrant does not necessarily mean that you will be thrown in jail or that you have been found guilty of any sort of crime.
There are different types of warrants that can be assigned to you. The most common and most innocuous is the bench warrant. This is usually issued when the individual has failed to appear at a court date. It doesn’t matter if you have a good reason for missing your court date or not—if you failed to appear, the judge can and will issue a bench warrant to get you back into the court. An arrest warrant is issued when the individual is thought to be involved in a crime and a prosecutor files formal charges. A violation of probation warrant is issued when certain stipulations of an individual’s probation are violated, and can result in jail time or changes to the probation.
Getting a warrant cleared
So, how do you clear a warrant? The simple, inescapable answer is that you appear in court. A warrant will never go away until you make an appearance in court. The consequences rendered to you after that can be any number of things, including nothing, but will most likely only be worse the longer you wait to deal with your warrant.
By using Bail Bonds America’s services, it is possible for you to clear a bench warrant without first appearing in court, but you will have to appear in court for the resulting court date. You can avoid the entire booking process and simply go directly to your court date with a bail bond backing you up. This means that you can also be sure you won’t be taken into custody as a result of the court proceedings, as the bail bond has already insured your freedom.
Attempting to clear a warrant manually in Sonoma County can be a hassle and may not get results. You must appear at the Sonoma County Superior Court very early in the morning during a very short window of time. The clerk can refuse to clear your warrant due to your lack of punctuality and any number of other reasons. Using a certified bail bondsman is the best route to go when you want to easily clear your warrant.